Prodded by the Punjab and Haryana High Court to probe multiple allotment of plots under the discretionary quota, the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) has stumbled upon names of several top shots, including a former President of India, whose wife and son “obtained allotment of more than one plot” in Gurgaon.
The list, submitted in the Punjab and Haryana HC, also names a former Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana HC, Justice S S Dewan, whose family members obtained three plots under the discretionary quota from 1980 to 1992.
The list of 35 such allotees, prepared by HUDA, includes names of two former Chief Secretaries of Haryana, senior bureaucrats and MLAs.
Vimla Sharma, widow of the late Shankar Dayal Sharma and her son Ashutosh Dayal Sharma, were allotted two plots by the Haryana government in 1994. While Vimla was allotted 300 square meters in Sector 31-32-A, Gurgaon on July 13, 1994, son Ashutosh was allotted a plot of the same size in the same sector in Gurgaon on July 8, 1994.
“The committees have scrutinised plot files and have found that in two cases, allottee has obtained allotment of more than one plot,” reads the report submitted by HUDA to the High Court Tuesday, a copy of which has been accessed by The Indian Express.
It further reads that “in 35 cases allotment has been made in the same family in the discretionary quota category”.
Dewan was allotted one kanal plot in Sector 6, Panchkula on October 29, 1980. His wife, Romilla Dewan, was allotted one kanal plot in Karnal on February 13, 1992. Their daughter, Shabina Dewan was allotted one kanal plot in Karnal on April 21, 1992.
Another such instance, where allotments were made in the same family, is that of former Haryana Chief Secretary B S Ojha. The IAS officer, his wife and son were allotted three plots, of one kanal each, in Panchkula, Faridabad and Gurgaon from 1974 to 1991. Another former Chief Secretary whose name figures in the list is M C Gupta, IAS.