175 booked in HUDA multiple allotment scam
Most of the allottees are from Chandigarh and various other districts of Haryana. A number of defence officers or their kin are also booked.punjab Updated: Jul 11, 2017 10:34 IST
In the multiple allotment scam of Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), the Panchkula police have booked 175 allottees for cheating, as they allegedly submitted false affidavits to grab plots.
Most of the allottees are from Chandigarh and various other districts of Haryana. A number of defence officers or their kin are also booked.
The FIR was registered on the complaint of estate officer Jagdeep Dhanda.
On May 18, the Punjab and Haryana high court had directed HUDA chief administrator to furnish the information and status regarding action taken against the persons who had obtained multiple allotment of plots by submitting false information.
In the past, the estate office had written letters to the police on November 11, 2016, and November 16, 2016, against such allottees and called for filing FIRs. The chief administrator had to filed a status report on the next date of hearing.
The scam was unearthed during the hearing of a bail plea of Hisar resident Col Dharam Singh Yadav (retd) against whom HUDA was initiating action for getting multiple plots. He further submitted a list of defence personnel who also got the plots by submitting false affidavits. He further moved the high court saying he was falsely implicated. The HC then widened the scope of investigations.
Earlier, the high court had directed HUDA to scrutinise a list of 2,400 suspected cases of multiple allotments in reserved category. HUDA then filed an affidavit before the court which said that the number of suspected cases was 2,006, not 2,481.
The HC had allowed registration of FIRs but stayed the criminal proceedings till further orders in the scam. The case is pending since 2013.