CBI seeks de­tails of prop­erty bought by IAS of­fi­cer’s wife

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Cen­tral Bu­reau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (CBI), which is prob­ing the Mane­sar land re­lease case, has sought de­tails of a prop­erty IAS of­fi­cer Rakesh Gupta’s wife pur­chased in 2006 from the Haryana Hous­ing Board. The Haryana-cadre IAS of­fi­cer is presently posted in the chief min­is­ter’s of­fice.

Seek­ing in­for­ma­tion, the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer of the cen­tral agency in a June 2017 com­mu­ni­ca­tion to the Hous­ing Board chief ad­min­is­tra­tor wrote that it has been made to ap­pear to me that the pro­duc­tion of the de­tails of prop­erty pur­chased by the wife of the of­fi­cer is nec­es­sary for the pur­pose of in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­ing made into the of­fence (Mane­sar land re­lease case).

The CBI sought de­tails, in­clud­ing cost of the prop­erty, mode of pay­ment made by the al­lot­tee, etc.

PROP­ERTY PUR­CHASED AND TRANS­FERRED

The Hous­ing Board in its re­ply said that a house in sec­tor 7, Hous­ing Board Colony, Ba­hadur­garh, was al­lot­ted to the wife of the of­fi­cer on hire pur­chase in­stall­ment ba­sis.

The agency that was prob­ing whether there was a quid pro quo between of­fi­cers and real es­tate play­ers is also look­ing at the mode, in­clud­ing fi­nan­cial sourc­ing for ac­qui­si­tion of prop­whether er­ties by the of­fi­cers.

As per the Hous­ing Board com­mu­ni­ca­tion, the cost of the al­lot­ted house was ₹18.75 lakh. The al­lot­tee paid ₹10.23 lakh till Novem­ber 2011 be­fore trans­fer­ring the house to a res­i­dent of Sure­hti vil­lage in Jha­j­jar.

The Ba­hadur­garh prop­erty also finds men­tion in the im­move­able prop­erty re­turn (IPR) of the IAS of­fi­cer for 2010-11.

The CBI in June had started look­ing into the as­sets of three Haryana IAS of­fi­cers to find out whether real es­tate play­ers were favoured in the Mane­sar land re­lease case. It had sought the im­move­able prop­erty records of three IAS of­fi­cers.

MUL­TI­PLE AN­GLES BE­ING PROBED

The agency, which was prob­ing there was a quid pro quo between of­fi­cers and real es­tate play­ers, is also look­ing at the mode in­clud­ing fi­nan­cial sourc­ing for ac­qui­si­tion of prop­er­ties by the of­fi­cers.

The CBI had in 2015 reg­is­tered a case against builders and Haryana of­fi­cials for their al­leged role in the fraud­u­lent pur­chase of 400 acres, worth ~1,600 crore (as per then mar­ket rates) from gullible farm­ers in Mane­sar of Gur­gaon district for a mere ~100 crore.

The pur­chases al­legedly oc­curred un­der the threat of ac­qui­si­tion by the state govern­ment, dur­ing Au­gust 27, 2004, to Au­gust 24, 2007, as part of an up­com­ing project to ac­quire 912 acres land for set­ting up an In­dus­trial Model Town­ship (IMT) across the vil­lags of Mane­sar, Nau­rang­pur and Lakhnoula.

HT FILE

Vil­lagers in Mane­sar vil­lage at a ma­ha­pan­chayat against land ac­qui­si­tion by the govern­ment and builders.

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