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UP may hand over INR 126 crore YEIDA land to CBI

Infra News - Published on Fri, 20 Jul 2018

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Times of India reported that the state government is likely to hand over the INR 126 crore Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority land scam case to CBI, and is weighing the reasons it can offer for the same, officials confirmed. The state home departmentsent a seven-point formula to YEIDA, seeking the case history, arrests made so far and reasons why it should be transferred to CBI.

Highly-placed sources in the government confirmed the letter contains a proforma seeking details on seven pointers. These include: brief history of the case, copy of FIR, results of investigations done by local police, details of court case if any, present status of case (like arrests made, if any), reason why the matter should be transferred to CBI, why local police hasn’t been able to handle it, and whether or not the government should provide logistical support to the central agency.

YEIDA chairman Mr Prabhat Kumar, who serves as additional chief secretary (basic education) and agriculture production commissioner, said the state government has already decided to recommend a CBI probe in the matter.

TOI had reported on June 6 that Kumar had written to the state government, seeking a special investigation team (SIT) be set up to probe the case, or it be handed over to CBI. His report had found direct involvement of former YEIDA CEO P C Gupta and other authority officials who served between December 2013 and February 2015, in the purchase of 57.1549 hectares of land in seven villages of Mathura, at a cost of Rs 85.49 crore, which caused a loss of Rs 126 crore to YEIDA. It is alleged the purchase was meant to benefit the coteries and relatives of the accused.

An official said that the government has to weigh in reasons why it had become necessary to recommend a CBI probe in this case. “It has already come into the public domain that the case involves high-ranking bureaucrats, some of whom are still serving. There can be political pressure as well. The state government will be told this is why a CBI probe would be better than a state police one,” he added.

As reported in TOI on June 28, Greater Noida police has already added three more names of former and current bureaucrats in the FIR, lodged against the 22 accused on June 3, which includes sections 420 (cheating), 467 (forgery of valuable security, will, etc), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document or electronic record), 120B (criminal conspiracy) and Section 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

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Posted By : Amom Remju on Fri, 20 Jul 2018
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