As the home department has failed to act on a lokayukta’s letter asking it to probe the role of state vigilance bureau (SVB) officials behind the alleged dismal progress in the inquiry into the multi-crore plot allotment scam, the anti-corruption ombudsman of Haryana has now approached the director general of police (DGP) to look into the matter.
In its letter dated January 8, the lokayukta has asked the DGP to submit its investigation report within 45 days for further action, saying “as per the law, a complaint (made to lokayukta) is to be disposed of within a year”.
The complaint is lying with the lokayukta since September last year.
Under a special welfare scheme floated in 2001, the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) had offered 897 freehold residential plots to industrial workers at Sector 25 (part II) here. The plots were allotted in 2002, but a RTI petition by a labour rights activist PP Kapoor exposed that several plots were allotted to “ineligible” individuals.
In violation of rules set by HUDA, affluent families were allotted plots and some of them were allotted more than one plot. Besides, discrepancies were found in the forms filled by the allottees, including managers, secretaries to factory managers, personnel officers and non-industrial workers.
A number of allottees claiming to be low-end workers had furnished their address in posh localities of the city.
It was alleged that several industrialists had connived to prepare false affidavits and fake experience certificates to become eligible for the scheme.
Though the SVB had received few complaints lodged in 2005 alleging discrepancies in the plot allotment, the bureau started acting on it after PP Kapoor approached the Punjab and Haryana high court in 2008.
A first information report (FIR) was registered by the SVB in April 2009.
Kapoor had exposed the entire wrongdoing with the RTI tool and furnished a list of 86 erring allottees in the high court.
Later, in June last, backed by official documents, Kapoor approached the lokayukta against the SVB officials for shoddy investigations.
After processing the complaint, the lokayukta had written to the additional chief secretary, home, on September 3 last to look into the allegations and send a report to anti-corruption body within 45 days.
Kapoor alleged that SVB had failed to make headway in the case as a number of its officials had connived with the accused to go slow in the case.
But the home department has not acted on the lokayukta’s request of probing SVB officials’ role in the alleged delay in investigations.
“It is matter of grave concern that the bureaucracy is shielding the erring officials. Official documents prove bungling where legitimate right of workers was snatched by a nexus of corrupt officials, businessmen and politicians.
Though the SVB is mandated to act against corrupt public officials, investigation in this case is pending since 2005,” said Kapoor, also the state convener of Indian Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU).
Kapoor had approached the lokayukta while alleging that the SVB and HUDA are shielding corrupt people.