After allottees, CBI to quiz LDA bosses
HAVING RECORDED the statements of allottees, the CBI is now all set to grill senior officials over their alleged role in the multi-crore Jankipuram land scam. According to reliable sources, the investigating agency, would now train its gun on those officers, who were posted in the LDA during the period of scam.india Updated: Apr 13, 2006 00:07 IST
HAVING RECORDED the statements of allottees, the CBI is now all set to grill senior officials over their alleged role in the multi-crore Jankipuram land scam.
According to reliable sources, the investigating agency, would now train its gun on those officers, who were posted in the LDA during the period of scam. The State Government suspended 14 LDA officials, including four joint secretaries (two of them senior PCS officers) on January 31 after the scam had hit the headlines.
Here it is pertinent to mention that while ordering a CBI probe on January 21, the Allahabad High Court had observed that the investigating agency would be free to question the vice chairmen and secretaries and other officers posted in the LDA during the period of scam. The court had fixed May 25 for the CBI to submit its report.
“With the exception of a few, we have recorded the statements of most of the 123 allottees,” said a source, adding that the information gathered from them would now be cross-checked with the officers concerned. The agency is also learnt to have located the 10 ‘missing’ allottees, who had not submitted their property documents with the LDA when the latter was conducting its own departmental enquiry into the scam.
Those (officers) to be questioned first are those whose signatures appear on the property documents and who have made a noting on the files related to the 123 plots in question. Besides, the investigating agency is also reported to have prepared a list of a dozen other LDA officials of accounts, costing and engineering section, who would also be quizzed in the matter.
The maximum number of registries of plots (32 to be precise) are said to contain the alleged signature of the then LDA joint secretary RN Singh that caused a loss of about Rs 1.10 crore to the department. This was followed by registries of 25 plots valued at Rs 1.25 crore allegedly executed by the then under secretary Ram Prakash Singh and that of 23 plots with an estimated sum of Rs 95.98 lakh by the then PCS joint secretary Sripal Verma.
The other two joint secretaries Misri Lal Paswan and SB Bharti are said to have signed on four and one sale deed respectively. Six registries executed by property officer Ram Pyare Singh, four by Sadhu Ram Rawat and two by Babu Ram have also come to light.
Having already challenged his suspension in the Allahabad High Court once, RN Singh, who prior to his suspension was secretary of the Allahabad Development Authority, has moved a fresh petition in the matter before the HC on April 7.