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Serving army colonel to appear before Huda panel tomorrow

india Updated: Jun 26, 2013 01:37 IST
Deevakar Anand
Deevakar Anand
Hindustan Times
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A serving colonel of the Indian Army, who has allegedly obtained multiple flats illegally under the defence quota, will appear for a hearing before the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) on Thursday.

Colonel Narendra Yadav was issued a notice by Huda on June 10 for the cancellation of one of his plot allotments in Gurgaon and registration of an FIR against him.

As reported by HT earlier, Huda had served a similar order against him on February 7, 2011 following a complaint but no further action was taken in this regard and the officer did not appear before the panel.

In the meanwhile, the files pertaining to one of the plots -- plot number 64 in Gurgaon's Sector 38 -- also got mysteriously burnt in the Huda office.

Huda documents reveal that the officer got three plots - one each in Gurgaon, Faridabad and Rohtak -- between 1997 and 2000.

If Yadav's plot is resumed and an FIR is registered against him, it will set the ball rolling for action against several other officers of the armed forces who are allegedly involved in the misappropriation of plots.

On the basis of preliminary inquiry, the vigilance department which is probing the case has recommended registration of FIR against two other officers.

On June 7, after scouring through a set of RTI replies by Huda, Hindustan Times had reported that several serving and retired defence personnel - even those who have held ranks of lieutenant general, brigadier and colonel - acquired as many as 12 residential plots each, even though they were entitled for only one plot, by submitting false affidavits.

Based on a complaint by a former defence personnel and Gurgaon resident SK Sharma, vigilance sleuths attached with the Haryana chief minister's flying squad are probing the allegations against 36 senior servicemen - both retired and serving -- who got total 124 plots under the quota all across the state. Twenty four of these plots are in Gurgaon.