The Uttar Pradesh government has initiated legal action against 24 retired bureaucrats for their alleged involvement in fraudulent acquisition of government land.
"Cases have been registered in the civil court here against 24 retired bureaucrats for having allegedly using their influence in purchase of government land in the city", Sub-Divisional Magistrate (Sadar), Allahabad, Ashutosh Dwivedi told PTI.
The SDM said the "irregularities mainly consisted of gross undervaluation of the government plots, while these were purchased by the officers, compared to the then prevailing market rate".
He said the retired officers, who belonged to IAS, IPS and provincial civil and police services, had been posted in Allahabad at some point of time and had allegedly purchased government land in their own name or in the names of their family members during their tenure in the district.
"Most of these land plots are situated in posh localities of the city and their total worth in terms of the current prices could be more than Rs 100 crore. In most cases, the officers have erected massive constructions after their superannuation on the land wrongfully purchased by them while they were still in service", Dwivedi alleged.
In order to ensure that the trial in each case is completed expeditiously, the state government has made a special budgetary allocation of Rs eight lakh to the district administration, the SDM added.