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HC orders probe against co-op

india Updated: Nov 06, 2006 13:39 IST

THE INDORE bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court has directed Commissioner and Registrar of Cooperative Societies, Bhopal, to look into the allegations levelled against the president of Akash Grah Nirman Sahkari Sanstha, Indore, and local officials of the Cooperative Department.

Justice N K Mody issued an order to this effect on Friday in response to a writ petition filed by the housing cooperative society’s old member Devendra Totala through counsel Dr Manohar Dalal.

While the judge dismissed his plea to register FIR against the society president Satveer Singh Chhabra, Deputy Registrar Ambrish Vaidya and the then Deputy Registrar R K Sharma, Justice Mody ordered Registrar Prabhat Parashar to dispose of the letter he received from Totala on August 24, 2006, in accordance with law.

In the letter, Totala, who has not received plot from the housing society despite High Court directives, had sought permission to prosecute the accused under Section 76 of MP Cooperative Societies Act 1960.

The letter said that Department officials hobnobbed with society president to sell off the society plots in Sachchidanand Nagar on Annapurna Road to 24 persons (who were projected as new members) on the market rate, while the old members who had paid the money at the society rate of Rs 15 per square feet were denied the same.

The complainant alleged that after selling off the plots on market rate of Rs 1000-1500 per square feet to the new members, the accused deposited the money at the rate of Rs 15 per square meter in the society’s account and pocketed the remaining sum, which is about Rs 2 crore.

This is despite the fact that District Collector, while granting licence to the colonizer, had asserted that the society would not enroll new members or allot them plots till the old members were given plots.

In the writ petition, the complainant urged that Chhabra and Department officials were liable to be booked under Prevention of Corruption Act 1988, as they made unlawful gains through 24 new sales deeds. Raoji Bazaar police station, he said, has refused to register FIR (sent on August 5) against the accused.

According to petitioner, the housing society has 350 members but its membership has been raised to 669, although the Cooperative Department has denied having records to substantiate this raise.

Incidentally, the report of former Indore Joint Collector S K Rahangdale, who investigated into alleged involvement of the then Deputy Registrar Sushil Mishra for giving consent to 478 new members in the society for similar gains, is awaiting action three years after submission.