When estate officer-2 Vatsal Vashist led a team to Sector 47 to demolish half a dozen hutments on June 7, his vehicle which had dozens of files in it was burnt by the protesting villagers.
The destroyed files included those which are not related to the demolition drive, raising an obvious question why he was carrying so many official files with him.
The actual number of files and their value has not been ascertained so far, but according to sources in the Housing and Urban Development Authority (Huda), there were around 150 files in the vehicle.
As per an estimate, the files had stamp papers worth R50 lakh. The Huda administrator has asked the estate officer to give the list of files lost in the attack.
Sources in Huda claimed that the officer doesn't believe anyone in his office which is why he always keeps the files close to his chest. Even when he leaves office, he ensures that his office door is locked. Many a times, he asks the peon to bolt the door from outside even when he is sitting inside.
“He doesn’t believe his staff at all. He at times sends files back and forth umpteen times. No wonder he has a lot of pending files,” said a Huda employee.
Earlier, a team of property dealers had also protested in the office of estate officer-2 in Sector 56 because their files were pending for several months in the same office.
That time a senior Huda official said that there were more than 100 pending cases and some of which were as old as 10 months to one year whereas the stipulated time for clearing a file is two to three weeks.