Senior IAS officer Rajiv Kumar, convicted in November 2012 in connection with the Noida plot allotment scam along with former UP chief secretary Neera Yadav, surrendered before a CBI court in Ghaziabad on Monday morning.
Kumar’s appeal against his conviction order was rejected by the Allahabad High Court on February 24.
“He surrendered before the court and was ordered to be sent in judicial custody in Dasna jail,” said BK Singh, special public prosecutor, CBI.
Kumar, a1983 batch officer, was previously posted as deputy chief executive officer (CEO), Noida, during the time when Yadav was serving as chairperson-cum-CEO at Noida from 1994 to 1995.
The CBI had chargesheeted both, Yadav and Kumar, stating that a plot in Sector 51 that was allotted to Kumar was converted to a plot in Sector 44 and again converted to a plot in Sector 14A even though as per the rules/guidelines of Noida authority, conversion was allowed only once.
Kumar was on Monday lodged at barrack number 7 in Dasna jail, said SP Yadav, superintendent of the jail. Neera Yadav too has been lodged in the same jail after her surrender before the CBI court on March 14 following dismissal of her appeal in the high court.
Both Yadav and Kumar were awarded three years’ rigorous imprisonment in 2012, but were released on personal bonds the same day. Later, they filed appeals in the Allahabad High Court challenging the order.
The High Court, while dismissing the appeals on February 24, had directed the two to surrender before the trial court to undergo the remaining sentence.
“Let the lower court records be transmitted to court below immediately along with a copy of the judgment, with a direction that it shall take immediate steps for arrest of the appellants for serving the remaining sentence,” Justice Harsh Kumar had stated in his order.
The CBI court had also issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against Kumar as he had failed to surrender.