NH 74 scam: ED seeks report on SIT charge sheet
The enforcement directorate (ED) has sought details of a charge sheet filed by Special Investigative Team (SIT) against national highway 74 scam accused in a special court in Nainital on Fridaydehradun Updated: Feb 04, 2018 22:00 IST
The enforcement directorate (ED) has sought details of a charge sheet filed by Special Investigative Team (SIT) against national highway 74 scam accused in a special court in Nainital on Friday.
SIT is probing the ₹300 crore NH-74 scam since March after it came to the light. Compensations in crores of rupees were given to farmers for agricultural land, acquired for NH 74 expansion in Udham Singh Nagar, at commercial rates.
It is alleged that some revenue officials changed the nature of land from agricultural to commercial and got shares from the compensations.
Senior superintendent of Police Sadanand Date said SIT has already submitted documents related to preliminary probe to ED officials, who visited Rudrapur last month.
“We will hand over copy of the charge sheet to directorate (ED) officials. Since, allegation of money laundering has already been established in SIT investigation, ED may probe into this case separately,” he said.
The special investigative team on Friday filed the charge sheet against 12 accused, including two provincial civil servants, in the special court in Nainital. “A 5,804-page charge sheet has been filed in Nainital with recorded statements of 77 witnesses in the scam,” an official said on Friday.
First arrest of a provincial civil services officer BS Fonia was made on November 6 and prime accused of the scam and former special land acquisition officer DP Singh surrendered on November 23. Another suspended SDM Anil Shukla was arrested in January.