Allahabad high court raps official over lack of affidavit in Ghaziabad scam
Petitioner Rajendra Tyagi, a councillor from Ghaziabad, had moved the high court and alleged irregularities in the restoration of 139 plots carved out in Swarn Jayanti Puram housing scheme. The plots were restored from 2005 to 2007.noida Updated: Sep 14, 2017 22:36 IST
The Allahabad high court took a stern of the conduct of principal secretary (housing & urban planning) in the hearing of an alleged scam in Ghaziabad Development Authority’s Swarn Jayanti Puram housing scheme, as the official failed to file an affidavit sought by the court earlier.
Petitioner Rajendra Tyagi, a councillor from Ghaziabad, had moved the high court and alleged irregularities in the restoration of 139 plots carved out in Swarn Jayanti Puram housing scheme. The plots were restored from 2005 to 2007. He had also alleged that there was a major violation of norms and connivance in the restoration of the cancelled plots.
However, the high court took a stern view as documents were not filed by UP officials as directed.
“We may make it clear that if the affidavit is not filed, the Principal Secretary, Housing & Urban Planning, U.P. Lucknow shall remain present before this Court with all the records when the matter is listed next (sic),” the court said in its September 12 order.
“We are sorry to record that Mr Mukul Singhal, Principal Secretary, Housing & Urban Planning, UP Lucknow, who had earlier appeared before this court has chosen to shirk his responsibility and now Special Secretary has decided to file an affidavit seeking time for compliance of the order of the court. The order was to be complied by the Principal Secretary and therefore asking for time by the Special Secretary, in our opinion, is totally uncalled for (sic),” the court further stated.
The court took a tough stance in its August 21 order as well and said that recovery must be made from the beneficiaries of the illegal restoration order and also from the personal assets of the officers who had created the situation.
“If it is found that there has been deliberate act on the part of the officers, whereby public money has been defalcated / lost, including the loss of stamp duty, then there should not be any hesitation in lodging of the first information report against all responsible (sic),” the court had said earlier.
However, the court has now directed the principal secretary to file his personal affidavit by September 20 after examining the records of GDA.
According to norms, the restoration of earlier cancelled plots was to be charged at 75% of the market value or the rate applicable to the scheme on the date of restoration, whichever was higher. However, Tyagi, on the basis of his petition and documents, contended that the restoration was, allegedly, not done as per norms and done on previously prevailing rates.