IAS officers accused in Noida plot scam get HC reprieve

Last Updated: Monday, August 24, 2009 - 17:48

Allahabad: In a reprieve to three senior
IAS officials allegedly involved in the multi-crore Noida
hotel land scam, the Allahabad High Court has directed the
Uttar Pradesh government not to take any coercive action
against them.

A bench comprising justices Ravindra Singh and YC
Gupta passed this order while hearing writ petitions filed by
then chairman of Noida authority Rakesh Bahadur, former Meerut
division commissioner Devdutt and then chief executive officer
Sanjeev Saran.

They had been suspended for their alleged involvement
in allocation of plots in Noida for construction of five star
hotels in 2006 causing a loss of over Rs 4,700 crore to the
state exchequer.

The court fixed September 16 for further hearing in
the case and granted a fortnight`s time to the state
government to file a counter affidavit.

The petitioners have pleaded that keeping in view the
2010 Commonwealth Games, the state government had taken a
policy decision empowering the development authorities to
convert the commercial land into industrial land and allot the
same for the hotel business.

They said the allotments were made after a collective
decision of the Noida Board and thus they alone cannot be
penalised.

Bureau Report



First Published: Monday, August 24, 2009 - 17:48

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