Disgruntled farmers have filed a petition in the Allahabad high court demanding a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry into the allotment of plots in Noida Extension to private builders. They alleged that officials took bribe from builders and changed the land use from industrial to residential.
At a meeting held on Saturday, farmer leader Inder Nagar said, "We have filed a petition in the Allahabad high court seeking a CBI inquiry into the allotment of plots to builders. Hearing on the petition is scheduled for Tuesday."
"In 2007, the Greater Noida Authority allotted 60% of the acquired land in Noida Extension to private builders though it was acquired for industrial purpose. Officials took huge bribe and converted the land to residential," said Nagar.
The Bharatiya Janata Party has supported farmers' demand of the CBI inquiry. "It is a scam of crore of rupees. If properly investigated, it will expose the nexus between builders and authority," said Nawab Singh Nagar, former MLA.
Authority officials, however, denied the allegations and claimed their motive was solely development of the area and the conversion was done following proper procedure.
Meanwhile, the Greater Noida police launched a manhunt to arrest the four absconding farmer leaders accused in Bhatta Parsaul clash in which two policemen and two farmers were killed on May 7.
The main accused Manvir Singh Tevatia was arrested in the Capital recently.
The court has rejected his bail application few days ago. The police is also planning to register a case against those who provided shelter to Tevatia.