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Posted at: May 23, 2019, 7:01 AM; last updated: May 23, 2019, 10:18 AM (IST)

HC ex-judge panel to probe multiple HUDA allotments

Thousands of plots given against policy, says High Court
HC ex-judge panel to probe multiple HUDA allotments
Thousands of plots given against policy, says High Court. File photo

Saurabh Malik

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22

Handing over the inquiry into the HUDA multiple plot allotment case to a three-member committee headed by a retired HC judge, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today said thousands of plots were allotted in violation of the policy in force.

Bringing out the illegalities in allotments made by the Haryana Urban Development Authority, the Bench asserted a gardener was allotted a plot in the advocates’ category. Junior engineers and superintendents with monthly income of more than Rs 2,500, too, were allotted plots meant for the economically weaker section category.

“It is not a case of multiple allotment of plots to a few persons only, but thousands of plots have been allotted to a number of persons contrary to the terms and conditions of the policy and without verification of the documents,” Justice Daya Chaudhary asserted, adding complete information had not been placed on record despite a number of status reports.

Justice Chaudhary made it clear that the committee headed by Justice Rameshwar Singh Malik (retd) with retired District and Sessions Judge GS Saran and former IPS officer SS Sidhu as members would look into allotments made in 15 categories, including general, discretionary quota, advocates and economically weaker section.

The committee would be assisted by advocate Harmanjit Singh Sethi and Narender Singh “as due to their efforts such huge scale of illegal allotments has been unearthed”.

Quoting names of who’s who of Haryana politics, police and bureaucracy, Sethi had alleged HUDA and the state were making attempts to protect the high and the mighty.

Justice Chaudhary added the allocations were made either by filing false affidavits, manipulating the language of the affidavit or without verifying the documents. “It appears that the HUDA authorities were quite negligent as the documents were not verified. Even efforts were not made to crosscheck whether that person has already been allotted any other plot in any urban estate”.

Justice Chaudhary added a person was entitled to a plot’s allotment only once during his lifetime. But a number of plots were allotted to several persons after they disposed of or transferred their earlier plots one after the other.

“In some cases the plots were allotted to the spouses and dependent children, whereas a person was entitled only to one plot and spouse and children were not entitled”. Justice Chaudhary set an initial deadline of three months to complete the exercise with liberty to the panel to seek extension.

3 lakh allotments

  • The case pertains to about three lakh allotments made by HUDA since 1983, when policies against multiple plot allotments came into being
  • The policies prohibit existing allottees and property holders in Haryana from seeking allotment of additional HUDA plots/flats

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