HUDA plot allotment scam: IAS officer moves HC for CBI inquiry

  • Bhartesh Singh Thakur, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Nov 07, 2015 12:59 IST
Punjab and Haryana high court. (HT Photo)

Panchkula administrator Sanjiv Verma has moved an application before the Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday wherein he refuted the allegations against him of having multiple plots in his and family’s name and also called for a CBI inquiry.

On November 4, during the resumed hearing in the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) multiple plots allotment case, one of the petitioners counsel had supplied a fresh list where in it was alleged that Verma has 10 plots in his or his family name. The court had sought a reply from HUDA on the fresh list.

Now, Verma has submitted before the high court that he and his family members were not having any plot of HUDA in Haryana. “Further in the application, name of the wife is mentioned as Mukta Verma and father name is mentioned as BR Verma, however, both of these are not related to the applicant,” he said and added that the names of the brother, sister and mother mentioned in the affidavit filed before the court are also not related to him.

He also denied the allegations that he had ever appeared in the present case before the court.

He submitted that due to false averments “he has been defamed without any reason and basis”. “Thus the image and reputation of the applicant has been spoiled due to the false averments,” he said. Demanding CBI inquiry, he said the direction may be given to the “independent agency like CBI to enquire the entire matter and place on record the report thereafter in the interest of justice”.

Before approaching the HC, he wrote to Haryana chief secretary DS Dhesi for a CBI inquiry on November 5. “I am surprised about this news involving name of mine and my family members which is only to defame me…I hereby give undertaking that there is not a single plot of HUDA in my name or in the name of my family members in Haryana. It is requested that the matter may kindly be got investigated by the CBI,” he wrote to Dhesi.

Recently, Verma has unearthed a scam of `346 crore in respect of payment of compensation of acquired shamlat land to individuals without any order of the Collector having being passed under the Village Common Land Act from 1998 to 2013. Later, government had marked the vigilance inquiry.

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