After being absconding for close to a year, Naresh Kumar Sheokand, former district revenue officer-cum-land acquisition collector of Panchkula, surrendered before a Panchkula court in Rs 48-crore land compensation scam, where National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) suffered loss.
According to vigilance report filed before the court, besides payments to 17 ineligible people, multiple accounts were opened in Delhi, land compensation money was diverted into them and then the money was again reverted to original accounts, but without interest.
Haryana Vigilance bureau arrested Sheokand on Tuesday and secured his four-day police remand. He will now be produced at the court on May 7.
Sheokand, who claims to be relative of a top Haryana Congress leader, had joined the investigations initially, but later fled in July last year. The Haryana government then suspended him.
With his arrest, role of two women - Urmila, who is shown as proprietor of Hindustan Diagnostics Ltd and was introducer for opening HSIIDC account at PNB branch at Sector 8, Panchkula, and other is Shashi - to whom crores of money was diverted, would also get clear. The money was diverted to these two women who had their accounts in J&K branch in Chandigarh.
The vigilance claimed that now it would also be able to find out who were the ineligible beneficiaries and their relationships with Sheokand.
It was former DRO Capt Vinod Sharma who blew the whistle in the case and reported to health minister Anil Vij about it. Vij intervened and got the inquiry transferred to the vigilance bureau, which formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT).
After investigations, DSP Suresh Kumar had filed the challan against second accused Bhim Singh, the branch manager of PNB at Jangpura in New Delhi, who was Sheokand’s accomplice.