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Hand over names of those involved in GDA stamp duty scam to probe officer in 3 weeks: Allahabad high court

The Allahabad high court directed UP chief secretary to give the names of those involved in the alleged irregularities in restoration of cancelled plots in Swarn Jayanti Puram housing scheme to the investigating officer within three weeks.

lucknow Updated: Dec 20, 2017 17:26 IST
Jitendra Sarin
Jitendra Sarin
Hindustan Times, Allahabad
Allahabad high court,GDA housing scheme,Swarn Jayanti Puram housing scheme
According to the petitioner, the allotment was done contrary to the applicable provisions and stamp duty was paid at lower rates, which caused a financial loss to the authority and the state government.

The Allahabad high court on Tuesday directed UP chief secretary to give the names of those involved in the alleged irregularities in restoration of cancelled plots in Swarn Jayanti Puram housing scheme to the investigating officer within three weeks.

The court took serious note of the allegation that even after the lodging of an FIR in Ghaziabad, the state government was trying to shield senior officials and had only suspended two clerks of the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA).The housing scheme was floated by the GDA.

The court also directed the chief secretary to submit an action taken report by January 23, 2018, the next date of hearing.

The bench comprising justice Arun Tandon and justice Rajeev Joshi passed this order on a public interest litigation petition filed by Rajendra Tyagi.

The petition filed in 2011 alleged that plots in Swarn Jayanti Puram housing scheme plots were restored in violation of norms and the petitioner raised suspicion about the involvement of authority staff.

According to the petitioner, the allotment was done contrary to the applicable provisions and stamp duty was paid at lower rates, which caused a financial loss to the authority and the state government.

According to an inquiry, these irregularities caused a loss of nearly Rs 3.69 crore and also led to stamp duty evasion of nearly Rs 30 lakh.

The court directed that the investigation may be done by a circle officer under the supervision of the senior superintendent of police, Ghaziabad.

Recently, the GDA officials also lodged an FIR of cheating at Sihani Gate police station in Ghaziabad. However, the FIR did not name any official and mentioned the period between 2005 and 2007 as the time when the plots were restored.

Apart from the FIR, the authority also filed 118 suits at the Ghaziabad court for cancellation of sale deeds of the plots in question. More suits will be filed, said officials.

The court said only two clerks of the GDA were suspended and senior officials were left untouched, though this ‘crime’ could not have been committed without involvement of the senior officials.

On the court’s order, a five-member committee chaired by the Moradabad divisional commissioner submitted a report in the alleged irregularities and recommended action against the officials involved.

First Published: Dec 20, 2017 17:23 IST