The Uttar Pradesh government appointed Dr Prabhat Kumar the new chairman of Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway authorities. In a major reshuffle on Tuesday, the UP government transferred 41 senior IAS officials.
Kumar, a 1985 batch UP cadre IAS officer, was a key witness in the Neera Yadav corruption case. He will take charge of Greater Noida on Wednesday. He will take over from Sanjay Aggarwal, who was holding the charge of chairman for Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway authorities.
Kumar had served as the deputy chief executive officer of Noida authority from January 1996 to April 1997 under PK Mishra, the then CEO. During his tenure, he had unearthed corruption cases against many officials, including then chief engineer, who was suspended on the basis of his probe report.
Officials are of the view that the UP government has made the appointment to unearth and probe large-scale land allotments to builders between 2007 and 2012. The UP government has received dozens of complaints against Greater Noida officials, with regard to allotment of land lease to developers and private companies.
Kumar said he will address issues after taking charge. “Let me join the Greater Noida authority and Yamuna Expressway authorities’ office and then I will discuss all these issues. Yes, I have probed many corruption cases in Noida in the past,” Kumar told HT.
Kumar, who was working as the UP resident commissioner in Delhi prior to his latest posting, had also, worked as the Director General of Civil Aviation.
A gold medalist in Medicine, Kumar was also he joint secretary in ministry of civil aviation. As joint secretary, he headed two important divisions - Air India and Agreement.
“The experience of working in the civil aviation ministry will help me. The Jewar airport project will be one of my top priorities once I join the office,” said Kumar.
He has done his master’s in business administration from Australia and is a law graduate from the Delhi University. He also holds a diploma in environmental law and management from Indian Law Institute, New Delhi.
Some of the important assignments held by him include district magistrate of Fatehpur, Muzaffarnagar and Kanpur City, vice-chairman of development authorities of Mussoorie Dehradun development authority, Moradabad and Lucknow and director, business and country relations in the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics.
The additional chief secretary and chairman of UP Power Corporation Ltd (UPPCL), Sanjay Aggarwal, has been released from his charge as the chairman of Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority.
Kumar played a crucial role in sending former UP chief secretary Neera Yadav to jail. Neera Yadav was sentenced to three years of rigorous imprisonment on November 20, 2012, in connection with irregular allotment of plots in Noida while serving as the authority’s chairperson-cum-chief executive officer from 1994 to 1995.
The Central Bureau of Investigation probed the case following a 1998 Supreme Court order on a writ petition filed by the Noida Entrepreneur Association against the authority in 1997. The CBI investigated nearly 36 cases of irregular allotment/conversion of plots in Noida, and chargesheeted Yadav as well as the then serving IAS officer Rajiv Kumar, in 2002.