Former Uttar Pradesh chief secretary Neera Yadav, convicted for land fraud in 2012, surrendered before a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Ghaziabad on Monday evening. The court then ordered that Yadav be sent to the Dasna district jail, so she could serve her remaining sentence in the case.
“She surrendered after her appeal against the Ghaziabad CBI court’s order was dismissed by the Allahabad high court recently,” said CBI special public prosecutor BK Singh.
Dasna jail authorities said on Tuesday morning that Yadav had her dinner and breakfast at the women’s barracks. “She also asked for newspapers,” said Dasna jail superintendent SP Yadav.
Yadav was sentenced to three years’ rigorous imprisonment on November 20, 2012, in connection with the irregular allotment of plots in Noida while serving as the area’s chairperson-cum-chief executive officer from 1994 to 1995. The CBI undertook a probe following a 1998 Supreme Court order on a writ petition filed by the Noida Entrepreneur Association against the New Okhla Industrial Development Authority the previous year.
The CBI investigated nearly 36 cases of irregular allotment/conversion of plots in Noida, and charge-sheeted Yadav as well as the then serving IAS officer Rajiv Kumar in 2002.
Following their conviction, both Yadav and Kumar were released on personal bond because the three-year sentence did not require immediate arrest. They later challenged the conviction before the Allahabad high court, and their imprisonment was stayed for the interim period.
The relief didn’t last long. Justice Harsh Kumar dismissed Yadav’s appeal on February 24, also cancelling the bail bonds and sureties. “The appellant, who is not present, will forthwith surrender before the trial court to undergo her remaining sentence,” the order stated.
The high court also dismissed the appeal filed by IAS Rajiv Kumar the same day, asking him to surrender before the trial court at Ghaziabad. However, Kumar is yet to appear before the court.
Yadav, a 1971 batch IAS officer, became Uttar Pradesh’s first woman chief secretary during the Samajwadi Party’s regime in 2005. She opted for voluntary retirement in 2008.
This was Yadav’s second conviction in the Noida land scam. In December 2010, Yadav was awarded four years’ imprisonment for criminal conspiracy and corruption in a case related to the allotment of plots in a corporate group housing scheme launched for industrial and institutional units in Noida. Though the official was lodged at the Dasna prison in Ghaziabad, she obtained bail from the Allahabad high court after a few days.
Flex Industries managing director Ashok Chaturvedi was also pronounced guilty by the CBI court in the same case.