CBI books officers including Home Secretary in graft case

The CBI has booked three officers, including Home Secretary of Haryana, and a real estate company builder, in connection with a graft case in a multi-crore mega project in the city.

Last Updated: Oct 06, 2010, 13:01 PM IST

Chandigarh: The CBI has booked three
officers, including Home Secretary of Haryana, and a real
estate company builder, in connection with a graft case in a
multi-crore mega project in the city.

The CBI on Monday booked former Union Territory
adviser Lalit Sharma (retired), former UT Home Secretary
Krishna Mohan (presently Home Secretary Haryana), former
Director (Tourism) Vivek Atray, presently on leave, and
Unitech builder, who were awarded the project, a top CBI
official said here Wednesday.

"We are still investigating the case," CBI DIG Mahesh
Aggarwal said on being asked whether the investigating agency
would arrest these officers after registration of a case
against them.

The FIR under section 420 (cheating), 201 (causing
disappearance of evidence) and 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of
the IPC and under section 31 (D) of Prevention of Corruption
Act, 1988 was registered against the four.

As many as 73.65 acres of land in Sarangpur village on
the outskirts of the city was allotted to Unitech in December
2006 for the theme-cum-amusement project.

Earlier, the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) had
conducted a probe and detected irregularities in the process
of awarding the project to Unitech Ltd, sources said here.

The project was floated on Public Private Partnership
(PPP) basis under annual revenue sharing of 33 years, approval
had also not been sought for the model while awarding the
project to Unitech and it was in violation of lease rules,
sources said.

The Chandigarh Administration had scrapped the project
in May this year, soon after the CVC referred the case to the
CBI.

The CBI is awaiting prosecution sanction from Haryana
government in case of Mohan and Atray.

PTI