CBI FILES CHARGESHEET AGAINST 34 ACCUSED INCLUDING THEN CM OF HARYANA; THEN PRINCIPAL SECRETARY AND OTHERS IN A CASE RELATING TO ALLEGED LAND SCAM IN DISTRICT GURGAON

Press Release
New Delhi, 02.02.2018

            The Central Bureau of Investigation has filed a Chargesheet u/s 120-B r/w 420, 471 of IPC and Sections 13(1)(2) r/w 13(1)(d) of PC Act, 1988 & substantive offences thereof in the Court of Special Judge, CBI Cases, Panchkula (Haryana) against 34 accused including then Chief Minister of Haryana; the then Principal Secretary to Chief Minister (an IAS officer, now Retired); the then Additional Principal Secretary / Principal Secretary to Chief Minister (an IAS officer, now Retired); the then Director, Town & Country Planning; the then District Town Planner (Head Quarter) Town & Country Planning; a Director of Rajokri, New Delhi based Infrastructure private company; other private builders, 23 land owning companies of private builders and other persons in a case relating to alleged land scam in District Gurgaon.

            CBI had registered the case on 15.09.2015 and took over the investigation of FIR No.510 dated 12.8.2015 registered U/s  420, 465, 467, 468, 471 & 120-B of the Indian Penal Code and U/s 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, at Police Station Manesar, District Gurgaon (Haryana) on the request of Haryana Government. It was alleged that Government of Haryana had issued notification U/s 4 on 27.8.2004 and U/s 6 on 25.8.2005 of Land Acquisition Act for acquisition of land measuring about 912 acres for setting up an Industrial Model Township in the Villages at Manesar, Naurangpur and Lakhnoula in District Gurgaon. It was further alleged that after the notification u/s 4 of Land Acquisition Act, the private builders in conspiracy with certain public servants of Haryana Government including important functionaries and others had purchased around 400 acres land from the farmers and land owners of village Manesar, Naurangpur and Lakhnoula, District Gurgaon at throwaway prices, under the threat and false apprehension of acquisition by the Government, during the period August, 2004 to August, 2007. As a result of the said criminal conspiracy, large number of land owners, in haste, had sold about 350 acres of land at throw away rates of Rs.20/25 lakh (approx) per acre. It was also alleged that when some land was not sold by the farmers, the Government issued notification u/s 9 of Land Acquisition Act and, thereafter, the private builders had purchased another 50 acres (approx) land at the rate of even Rs.1.50 crore (approx) per acre. It was further alleged that when the said properties had been grabbed from the land owners by land mafia under the threat of acquisition at meager rates, an order was passed on 24.08.2007 releasing this land from the acquisition process. Further, this land was released in violation of the government policy, in favour of the builders, their companies and agents, instead of the original land owners. Land measuring more than 400 acre, whose market value at that time was above Rs. 4 crore (approx) per acre, totaling about Rs. 1600 crore (approx) was thus allegedly purchased by the said conspirators from the innocent land owners for only about Rs. 100 crore (approx). This caused an alleged loss of more than Rs.1500 crore to the land owners of Village Manesar, Naurangpur and Lakhnoula of District Gurgaon.

            Investigation has revealed that after the notification u/s 4 of LAA, private builders and other persons had purchased around 459 acre of land from the villagers under the threat and apprehension of acquisition by the government. It was alleged that they had then applied for grant of licences, for development of Group Housing Colonies and other projects, to the Department of Town & Country Planning, Haryana. The officials allegedly deferred the announcement of award with regard to the acquisition of land despite the fact that the private builders were not eligible for grant of licences because they had purchased the land after notification u/s 4 of LAA. In order to make them eligible for grant of licences, the public servants allegedly abandoned the acquisition process and passed such order on 24.08.2007. Investigation has also revealed that this decision was taken on a representation given by a private builder, which contained the alleged forged signatures of few villagers. Thereafter the licences and CLUs were allegedly granted to the same private builders on land measuring 260 acre (approx) who had earlier purchased the land at throwaway prices during the State induced panic selling.

            After investigation, a chargesheet was filed.



            The public is reminded that the above findings are based on the investigation done by CBI and evidence collected by it. Under the Indian Law, the accused are presumed to be innocent till their guilt is finally established after a fair trial.



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