Ex-servicemen, Huda face probe for plot scam
Former defense officers allegedly forged affidavits to acquire landUpdated: Jun 07, 2013, 00:46 IST
Several ex-servicemen belonging to the Army, Navy and Air Force — even those who have held ranks of Lieutenant-General, Brigadier and Colonel — have allegedly forged affidavits to acquire as many as 12 residential plots each under the government’s ex-servicemen quota in Haryana.
An ex-serviceman from Haryana is entitled to only one such plot anywhere in the state.
These plots of 250 square yards carry a price tag of Rs 2 crore in the market and are allotted by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) in its urban estates across the state through a lottery.
Documents accessed by HT show that there are complaints against 36 retired defence officers, who have allegedly misappropriated 124 such plots among themselves across Haryana, 24 of which happen to be in Gurgaon.
It could turn out to be a scam running into hundreds of crores of rupees where senior ex-servicemen colluded with officials of Huda and the District Sainik Board to acquire multiple residential plots at different urban estates in the state.
To get these extra plots in the ex-servicemen quota, the retired officers either applied in their name or their spouse’s name and even changed their names and addresses to hide the fact that they already own a plot in other Huda urban estates - a fact which they submitted through a signed affidavit.
Highly placed sources in the state vigilance department confirmed to HT that vigilance sleuths — specially picked from the chief minister’s flying squad that directly reports to him — are in the middle of an inquiry into the matter.
On orders from inspector general of police PK Agarwal, the flying squad, a team headed by a vigilance department deputy superintendant of police, has been camping in Gurgaon since Tuesday to probe the allegations against a retired army man, Major Karan Singh, for owning three plots each in Gurgaon and Sonepat and one each in Faridabad, Panipat, Hissar, Sirsa, Rewari and Bahadurgarh.
The team has also recorded the statement of the complainant in this particular case, SK Sharma, a Gurgaon resident and a retired air force personnel.
Senior officials of Huda are also likely to come under the scanner for allotting more than one plot to the same person.
Likewise, the District Sainik Boards, which issues an authorisation letter to the ex-servicemen on their eligibility for applying in the Huda plot draw, will also face the heat of the investigation.
“We have asked Huda to provide us related files of plot allotment,” said an official who is part of the probe, adding that the role of Sainik boards will also be investigated.
Although an RTI plea reply by Huda — a copy of which is with HT— clearly reveals that several ex-servicemen own more than one plot, the authority has failed to initiate action against the defaulters.