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Jankipuram scam: CBI for more time

WITH JUST four days to the deadline set by the Allahabad High Court, the CBI team probing the Jankipuram land scam has decided to seek more time from it to complete its investigation.

india Updated: May 22, 2006 01:00 IST

WITH JUST four days to the deadline set by the Allahabad High Court, the CBI team probing the Jankipuram land scam has decided to seek more time from it to complete its investigation.

The plea seeking more time would be accompanied by a preliminary report that the premiere investigating agency would be submitting before the court when the matter is scheduled to come up for a hearing on May 25. According to sources, The CBI has dug up the modus operandi used by the scamsters, but it is yet to seek out the kingpins behind the property racket and establish the level of LDA officials’ involvement in abetting the scam.

“Almost all the allottees interrogated by us had the same story to tell. It was as if someone had tutored them what to say,” said an official. What has baffled the sleuths probing the fraud is the fact that while the plots were allotted between 1991-1997, the land rate of 1987 was applied to calculate the value of these plots. “To give the benefit of old land rate to the allottee, reference of another fictitious property was taken that was shown to have been allotted to him in 1987,” said a source. And this is where we hit a dead end because there is no record or proof of the initial plot, he added.

Take for instance the case of one Bharat Singh, who was allotted plot number 2/858-A in Sector-H of Jankipuram in 1991. In his letter dated 14/2/50 of September 30, 1991, a section officer of the LDA states that this plot was being given to Singh in lieu of plot 1/337-A allotted to him earlier on Sitapur Road housing scheme. “We are still trying to establish the genuineness of this claim, which has been taken as the basis by the LDA officials in the allotments of most of the 123 plots that are under investigation,” revealed the source.

So far, the CBI has focused its probe on recording the statements of the allottees. The role of LDA officers and staff is yet to be put under scanner by the investigating agency. “There turn will come once we complete our homework,” quipped the source.

Here it is pertinent to mention that the State Government had suspended 13 officials including secretary of the Allahabd Development Authority R N Singh in connection with the scam on January 31. Singh, who was a joint secretary in the LDA when the allotments were done had challenged his suspension in the Allahabad High Court alleging that though he was suspended, the entire responsibility rests on the vice chairman and secretary of the LDA.

ubsequently, the HC had ordered a CBI probe on February 21, after it was informed that more than hundred files related to the plots in question were not available in the LDA office. The CBI was asked to submit its report to the court within three months.

First Published: May 22, 2006 01:00 IST