NH-74 scam: Suspended PCS official in police remand
The PCS official and tehsildar Mohan Singh were arrested by SIT probing the NH-74 scam.dehradun Updated: Jan 15, 2018 21:28 IST
The district court of Nainital on Monday sent suspended provincial civil service (PCS) official Anil Shukla and tehsildar Mohan Singh to 14-day police remand.
They were arrested by the special investigation team (SIT) probing the ₹300-crore National Highway-74 scam. So far, 14 officials and farmers have been jailed in the case that rocked the state politics.
The SIT is probing the case after union surface and transport minister Nitin Gadkari had objected to the state government’s request for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the case.
Shukla was subdivisional magistrate (SDM) of Rudrapur and special land acquisition officer (SLAO) of Udham Singh Nagar when the scam took place. Singh was naib-tehsildar in the SLAO office at Rudrapur. He was working as Lalkuan tehsildar in Nainital district before the suspension.
Both the accused were medical examination at the district hospital in the morning. Later, they were produced before the Nainital court.
According to officials familiar with the matter, both of them were arrested after the SIT received the report of Forensic Science Laboratory, Dehradun, a few days ago. The team had sent some officials’ signatures for verification in the lab, who had denied their signatures on the documents of change in land use (Section A-143 of Zamidari abolishment and land reforms act).
In November, former SDM of Jaspur BS Fonia, two former tehsildars, Madan Mohan Palariya and Bhole Lal, revenue officials Anil Chauhan and Ram Samujh, stamp vendor Jeeshan, farmers Charan Singh and Om Prakash were sent to jail. Later, suspended SLAO DP Singh, the prime accused in the scam, surrendered to the police. All are still in Nainital jail.
SSP Sadanand Date said, “Probe is on and more arrests are likely to take place soon in the scam. As far as the absconding and accused farmers, sooner or later they will be arrested.”
Notably, chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat had suspended six PCS officers in April in the NH-74 scam after an inquiry report by a high-level committee, headed by the then commissioner of Kumaon D Senthil Pandiyan.