The special CBI court,Chandigarh,on Monday issued summons to the two directors of Durga Das Foundation (DDF) Atul Khanna and his father Brij Khanna who run two elite schools in the city. They have been summoned by the court for September 6. The two schools they run are Strawberry Fields Kindergarten and Strawberry World School.
The CBI had filed a chargesheet against the DDF directors on charges of cheating,hatching a conspiracy and corrupt practices for allegedly constructing a school illegally on the land allotted for the purpose of cultural and social activities. They were booked under Section 13 (d) (1) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
The investigating agency had charged Atul Khanna and his father Brij Khanna besides the Bharat Sevak Samaj (BSS). The agency filed a chargesheet in the CBI court on July 26.
It was in 2010 that the CBI received a complaint from a city resident,Manpreet Sandhu,about irregularities in the setting up of the school. Brij Khanna and Atul Khanna were both on the board of directors of both BSS and DDF when BSS transferred the possession of the land to DDF for construction purposes.
In his complaint,Sandhu had alleged that the Chandigarh Administration had allowed DDF to increase the floor-area ratio of the school site at old rates.
In 2011,the CBI had booked Aul Khanna and Brij Khanna on charges of causing loss to the government exchequer. Following this,the CBI conducted raids at the two schools.
As per the complaint,it was stated that the site was allotted allowing floor-area ratio (FAR) of 0.25 and permissible ground coverage of 15 per cent at a premium of Rs 900 per square yards. The DDF made a request for enhancing the FAR to 0.50. This was approved by the Finance Department at old rates which was premium of Rs 1,800 per square yard.
The accused were booked under Section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and Section 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant,or by banker,merchant or agent) of the IPC and under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act.