Ten days before an NDMC estate officer — Mohammed Moin Khan — was shot dead, the NDMC Vice Chairman Karan Singh Tanwar had written to Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung demanding his replacement, alleging his “illegal” and “biased” handling of a case was causing loss to the civic body.
The case in question was that of a group of hotels, including The Connaught hotel. Khan, a lawyer and an assistant legal adviser with the NDMC, was to pass the final order on the property’s lease terms on May 17.
“I want to bring to your attention the working of Estate Officer M M Khan who is behaving in an arbitrary and unjust manner in a case under his examination relating to Prominent Hotels Ltd. He is paying scant attention to the High Court order asking him to consider the contentions of the party but he is following instructions of higher officials and acting in a biased and illegal manner in favour of NDMC.
But his actions will cause huge loss to NDMC as well,” Tanwar said in the letter sent to the L-G on May 6.
“It will not be out of context to mention that the same official has been under CBI investigation in different matters before. I request you to call records of estate officer’s proceedings and appoint another official,” he added.
Meanwhile, Tanwar told The Indian Express that two people from The Connaught hotel came to meet him in his office and they alleged that “estate officer Khan is not conducting a fair investigation and is biased”.
“Without conducting any internal inquiry and discussing matter with Khan, I had written a letter to L-G, asking him to remove this official and appoint another only on the basis of their verbal complaint,” he added. Tanwar said that no one from the hotel concerned knew him personally and he had never visited the hotel.