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NH-74 scam: Suspended PCS officer, revenue official held, sent to jail

Udham Singh Nagar senior superintendent of police Sadanand Date confirmed the arrests

dehradun Updated: Feb 08, 2018 21:25 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Dehradun
NH-74 scam,NS Naganyal,Suspended PCS officer
Work of Four laning of NH 74 in Rudrapur, Ht photo

A special investigative team (SIT) on Thursday arrested suspended provincial civil service (PCS) officer NS Naganyal, who is an accused in the NH-74 scam and had been absconding since December. A chakbandi (revenue) officer, Amar Singh, was also arrested with him.

Both the accused were later produced in a special court in Nainital, which sent them to jail.

Udham Singh Nagar senior superintendent of police Sadanand Date confirmed the arrests. “Police for long was searching for the official (Naganyal). We will take due course of action as per law (in the case),” he said.

Several police teams had been searching for Naganyal since he was declared absconding in December last year. The police had obtained a non-bailable warrant against him from the court. Three days ago, the police had also got an order to attach his property. On Wednesday, a copy of the order was pasted at his residence in Haldwani.

Besides, the signatures of Naganyal, which had been sent to the forensic science laboratory in Dehradun for verification, have been found matching with those in the documents pertaining to land use process in Bazpur in the NH-74 scam, which provided fat compensation to farmers and incurred a loss to the government exchequer.

Singh, a revenue officer in Bazpur, was arrested for illegally changing the land use in Bazpur. He was arrested on basis of the FSL report.

Three suspended PCS officers — BS Fonia, DP Singh and Anil Shukla — are already in jail in the scam.

Meanwhile, Kashipur police circle officer Rajesh Bhatt reached Allied Plus Infra and Others Pvt Ltd office on Thursday and collected necessary documents. Its managing director and a director have been booked by the SIT for money laundering.

First Published: Feb 08, 2018 21:25 IST