New Delhi: Delhi court on Monday convicted an ex-joint Director of MCD and three other for usurping the plots meant for poor to shift them in the resettlement colony. A total of 15 accused was made in the case that includes DDA, Delhi Government and MCD officers. However, court acquits 10 giving them benefit of doubt.One of the accused died during the investigation.
Anti-corruption Branch (ACB), which presented the case before the court had claimed that Delhi Government had a proposal to shift the people living in the Yamuna Pushta and Gautam Puri-1 cluster area to Bhlaswa Resettlement colony in 2001. MCD’s Slum and JJ department was given the responsibility to administered the same.
Delhi Development Authority (DDA), being a land owning agency, contributed 29,000 rupees per plot whereas Delhi Government gave Rs 10,000 for each plot. ACB claimed that total of 28 plots was sold out illegally by the 13 officers of the three departments to the two property dealer named RS Sandhu and Darshan Lal (since deceased).
Himani Malhotra, Special ACB Judge of Tees Hazari court convicted then Joint Director of MCD Kundal Lal, Ram Charan Kamal, head of the committee that approves sanction of the plot, Field inspector Shankar Sahani and a property dealer RS Sandhu. All four are convicted under section 420 (cheating), 120B (Criminal Conspiracy) and various section of prevention of corruption Act, the court said. However, the decision on the quantum of sentence is not yet taken.
According to the prosecution, one Vijay contacted the ACB with the complaint that officers of MCD, DDA and Delhi Government have come together to usurp the plots meant for the poor. “The government has a plan to shift the people living in the cluster to the resettlement colony. These officers have arranged fake Delhi Development Authority, voter I-D card and other documents of some ghost applicants. False and concocted field inspection was done and finally, they are in process of allotment of 28 plots to two property dealers,” Vijay told the investigative agency. ACB registered the case in 2001 under various section of prevention of corruption act and charge sheeted all 15 accused in the case.