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CBI to probe LDA scam

The Allahabad High Court on Tuesday directed a CBI probe into the alleged land scam in Jankipuram scheme of the Lucknow Development Authority (LDA). The court has asked the CBI to submit its report before the court within three months and has fixed May 25 as the next date of hearing.

india Updated: Feb 22, 2006 01:12 IST

The Allahabad High Court on Tuesday directed a CBI probe into the alleged land scam in Jankipuram scheme of the Lucknow Development Authority (LDA).

The court has asked the CBI to submit its report before the court within three months and has fixed May 25 as the next date of hearing.

The court, while issuing a directive for CBI probe, has also vacated the order by which suspension of petitioner RN Singh, secretary of Allahabad Development Authority was stayed. RN Singh was Joint Secretary of LDA when the Jankipuram scam had taken place. This order was passed by a Division Bench, comprising Justice VM Sahai and Justice Barkat Ali Zaidi, on a writ petition filed by RN Singh.

Earlier, on February 8, 2006, the court had stayed the suspension order, by which petitioner RN Singh was suspended.

The court passed this order for CBI probe when it was brought to the notice of the court that several files relating to Jankipuram scam of the LDA were not available in the LDA office.

Petitioner RN Singh, former Joint Secretary of LDA, had alleged that he was suspended for the Jankipuram scam, whereas the entire responsibility lay on the vice-chairman and secretary of LDA. The details were furnished in the supplementary affidavit by the petitioner.

On January 25, HT Lucknow Live had carried a detailed report on how 123 plots including those carved out on green belt and park-land were fraudulently sold by LDA officers in connivance with land sharks between 1997 and 1999 causing loss of crores to the department.

Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav had suspended 14 LDA officials including two PCS officers of joint secretary level in this connection on January 31and appointed Secretary Higher Education Rajiv Kumar to conduct an inquiry into the scam.

First Published: Feb 22, 2006 01:12 IST