With yet another land scam coming to the fore, Congress woes doesn't seem to die away. The latest orders of the Punjab & Haryana High Court have exposed mass irregularities in a land allotment scheme under Haryana Urban Development Authority's (HUDA) discretionary quota or direct allotment scheme, as per reports in Indian Express.
Surprisingly, 44 beneficiaries under the scheme gave the address of Congress headquarters situated at 24, Akbar Road, while 6 mentioned it as 10 Janpath, the official address of Congress president Sonia Gandhi. These beneficiaries were employed as staff at these addresses. Even greater revelation has been that there were multiple allotments to individuals including office clerks, helpers, administrative officers and drivers.
The plots were allotted in Gurgaon and Faridabad between early- 80s and mid- 90s. Most of the beneficiaries have sold their allotted plots ever since. An administrative officer, Chandan Singh Payal, confirms the sale of plots that he was allotted in Gurgaon and Faridabad. He says, I think I sold them in 1992. Not only I, there were many others who got many plots under the discretionary quota, almost all have sold them. The premium was not much at that time. I think I sold the plots at a profit of around Rs 35,000 each .
Some of the beneficiaries have either retired or are no more alive, making the matter more complex. Some even sold their plots to HUDA employees, while a few disposed them off, when they failed to pay the instalments against their allotments.
This is not the first instance when Congress is facing the allegations of mass corruption in land scam, but very recently also it had faced similar allegations of irregularities in land deals involving Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Sonia Gandhi, who was allotted large chunks of land for a pittance, as was revealed by the IAS officer Ashok Khemka.