Delhi Vigilance Minister Atishi on Saturday initiated an investigation right into a criticism in opposition to Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar and summoned all information associated to Bamnoli land acquisition for additional motion, officers mentioned.
The criticism alleged that the chief secretary’s son was working for a relative of the landowner, who obtained enhanced compensation for land acquired for a street undertaking, official sources mentioned on Friday.
Officers mentioned Atishi directed the Divisional Commissioner and Vigilance Director to offer her with all information associated to Bamnoli land acquisition by 7 pm on Saturday.
The Vigilance Directorate, in response to the minister’s memorandum, cited varied pointers, together with these contained within the Vigilance Handbook 2021, and indicated that it doesn’t have the authority to research the matter, which is already being investigated by the Directorate, sources mentioned. Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
The sources added that the minister was supplied with an authorized copy of all Vigilance Directorate information associated to the matter.
The Directorate additionally requested a duplicate of the criticism from the Minister to check it in response to the directions of the Chairman of the Vigilance Committee.
In separate submissions to the divisional commissioner and director of vigilance, the minister mentioned, “No information referring to the matter shall be processed by the chief secretary as he’s the topic of investigation and therefore he has a battle of curiosity.”
Responding to the criticism in opposition to him, the Chief Secretary asserted that this was an act of “defamation” by “disgruntled” individuals dealing with vigilance investigations.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday flagged the criticism for investigation and sought an in depth report within the matter from the Vigilance Minister.
In her notice, Atishi mentioned that the Prime Minister obtained a criticism in regards to the acquisition of land in Bamnoli village for the Dwarka Expressway.
“The landowners – Subhash Chand Kathuria and Vinod Kathuria – are allegedly relations of a enterprise associate of the son of the present Delhi chief secretary, Naresh Kumar,” it added.
In Might, district Justice of the Peace (southwest Delhi) Hemant Kumar awarded Rs 353 crore as compensation to 2 individuals for 19 acres of land acquired in Bamnoli, at Rs 18.54 crore per acre. The land was acquired by the Nationwide Highways Authority of India (NHAI) in 2018 for the development of the Dwarka Expressway.
“DM District, South West has quashed a 2018 resolution of the judiciary, Extra District Justice of the Peace, awarding compensation of Rs 41.52 crore for a similar plot of land, based mostly on a valuation of Rs 53 lakh per acre,” the memorandum mentioned.
Hemant Kumar was lately suspended by the Ministry of House Affairs (MHA) and the CBI has ordered a probe within the matter.
Atishi mentioned the Vigilance Directorate has already appeared into the difficulty of land acquisition in Bamnoli and the involvement of Hemant Kumar.
“Nevertheless, the function of the Chief Secretary is but to be examined. An inquiry has been initiated on this regard on the instructions of the Prime Minister,” she added.
The Chief Secretary had earlier mentioned that proactive measures have been ensured, together with launching a CBI investigation, in opposition to the officer involved.
The unique award of Rs 41 crore was raised to Rs 353.79 crore on Might 15 by the then district Justice of the Peace (southwest Delhi). Divisional Commissioner Ashwani Kumar reported the matter to the Chief Secretary on June 2.
The chief secretary directed the divisional commissioner to watch the case on a fortnightly foundation, after which he additionally requested the Vigilance Directorate to research the matter.
Additional, with the approval of Lieutenant Governor V Okay Saxena, a CBI investigation and administrative motion in opposition to the District Justice of the Peace had been advisable to the MoHA on September 20.
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