WITH STATE BJP leader Kaptan Singh Solanki on the way out, the noose is slowly tightening around his son-in-law Subhash Chauhan, an Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) assistant engineer accused of abetting building permission violations at a structure in the posh MG Road area in return for a swanky apartment in the same building.
Chauhan, City Engineer (Building Permission) Harbhajan Singh and Building Officer Anoop Goyal are being probed by the Lokayukta for first allegedly bending rules to issue building permission for a multi-crore structure at 576, MG Road, and later regularising the illegal portions under a government amnesty for floor area ratio (FAR) violators.
Although it was meandering along until now the investigation has suddenly moved into high gear. On Monday, the Lokayukta faxed a lengthy 18-point questionnaire regarding the controversial building with a rider that answers be submitted by 12 pm on Tuesday.
Building permission staffers slogged until late Monday evening to prepare the answers to the Lokayukta missive which sought to know details of site plan, land use and marginal open space (MOS) violations and, last but not the least, whether the accused had, indeed, received flats from the builders.
City Engineer Harbhajan Singh was dispatched post haste to the State capital by the IMC administration with the information to ensure that the Lokayukta deadline was met.
Sources in the Corporation revealed that the missive castigated the IMC administration for failing to confirm whether Chauhan was gifted a flat by the builder.
The People’s Commissioner pointed out that even if the assistant engineer wasn’t being forthcoming the Corporation could have obtained the necessary information either through the Registrar’s office or from Kwality Housing Co-operative Society.
The Lokayukta also demanded that the civic body submit details on the height of the structure, open area to the rear and sides of the structure, details of open-to-sky spaces. Although Singh was unavailable over the phone sources revealed that the Corporation had written to the Registrar seeking to know whether any flat in the building had been registered in the name of Chauhan or any member of his family.
Municipal Commissioner Vinod Sharma confirmed that City Engineer Singh had been sent to Bhopal with the “files concerning the building at 576, MG Road”, but refused further comment as the “matter is under investigation”.