In a reprieve to three senior IAS officials allegedly involved in the multi-crore Noida hotel land scam, the Allahabad High Court has directed the Uttar Pradesh government not to take any coercive action against them.
A bench comprising justices Ravindra Singh and Y C Gupta passed this order while hearing writ petitions filed by then chairman of Noida authority Rakesh Bahadur, former Meerut division commissioner Devdutt and then chief executive officer Sanjeev Saran.
They had been suspended for their alleged involvement in allocation of plots in Noida for construction of five star hotels in 2006 causing a loss of over Rs 4,700 crore to the state exchequer.
The court fixed September 16 for further hearing in the case and granted a fortnight's time to the state government to file a counter affidavit.
The petitioners have pleaded that keeping in view the 2010 Commonwealth Games, the state government had taken a policy decision empowering the development authorities to convert the commercial land into industrial land and allot the same for the hotel business.
They said the allotments were made after a collective decision of the Noida Board and thus they alone cannot be penalised.