FIR against former VC of Ghaziabad Development Authority, 18 others in Rs 3-crore plot scam
The Allahabad high court on Wednesday ordered filing of FIR against all accused in the Swarnjayanti Puram land allotment case in which the Ghaziabad Development Authority incurred a loss of Rs Rs 3 crore and another Rs 30 lakh in the form of stamp duty. The court has also directed that the revenue loss incurred shall be recovered from the accused. It has also asked the state government to file a compliance report on the next date of hearing on December 19.
The Swarnjayanti Puram housing scheme was launched by GDA in 1998. A total of Rs 1,553 plots of sizes 200 sqm, 150 sqm, 112 sqm and 90 sqm were carved out and put up for sale. However, out of the 1,553 plots, 139 were cancelled as the allottees defaulted with regard to payment of EMIs. However, GDA officials in connivance with middlemen and property dealers got the plots restored between 2005 and 2007 on behalf of the original allottees by luring them after paying a paltry amount and later got the land transferred in their own names.
The catch was that these plots were restored at a sector rate prevailing in 1998 which was between Rs 2,575 per sqm to 2,820 per sqm. As per law, the plots should have been restored to allottees at the sector rate prevailing at that point of time or 75% of the market value or whichever was higher. The sector rate between 2005-07 was Rs 12,000 per sqm.
In 2007, Rajender Tyagi, a social activist, raised the issue. In 2009, the then government got the matter investigated. However, it failed to reach on logical conclusion. As a result, in 2011, Tyagi went ahead and filed a PIL in Allahabad high court. In the subsequent hearing, the court asked the GDA to file an affidavit. In November 2017, the court directed the government to form a committee to investigate the matter afresh. A four-member committee formed under Moradabad commissioner RK Singh visited Ghaziabad on November 17 and questioned the accused. On November 22, the committee’s report was presented before the court in which it indicted 19 people including the then GDA officials.
As per the committee’s report, the whole scam caused a loss of Rs 3 crore to the GDA and another Rs 30 lakh in the form of stamp duty. The court has asked the state government to file a compliance report on the next date of hearing on December 19.
“The court, apart from directing to lodge FIRs against 19 accused in the case, has also ordered a departmental inquiry against officials under whose watch the whole scam took place. They include the then GDA vice-chairperson DP Singh and OSD RP Pandey,” said petitioner Rajender Tyagi.
“The court has also directed the state government to recover the losses and also cancel the registration of 139 plots that were restored during the said period and file a compliance report by December 19,” said Tyagi.