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CBI tightens noose around politicians and Haryana's Town and Country Planning Department officials in Gurugram land release scam
After successfully conducting investigations and putting challan in the CBI Court, Panchkula , in the Manesar land acquisition scam involving a former chief minister and half a dozen IAS officers of Haryana, the CBI has tightened the noose around the officials of Town and Country Planning Department and politicians involved in release of about thirteen hundred acres of prime land on Golf Course Road, Gurugram falling in Sectors 58-67.

Highly placed official sources told "Merinews" that the CBI has asked the Haryana government to provide accommodation to them in the office of the Town and Country Planing Department, Gurugram. The investigation agency plans to interrogate about seventy officials of the department who were posted there when the process for issuing of notices under sections 4 and 6 was underway and later on for releasing the land when builders had purchased it from panicky farmers at throwaway prices was completed. Earlier they were asked to submit details of their assets. Two months back the CBI had seized all relevant records from the department's Chandigarh headquarter.

In this case, notices under sections 4 & 6 of the Land Acquisition Act were issued for acquisition of 1400 acres of land for construction purposes in 2010.

After the panicky farmers sold their land to the builder mafia at throwaway prices, about thirteen hundred acres of land was released. In this scam politicians, builders and officers of the Town and Country Planning Department pocketed money to the tune of Rs 10,000 crore at the cost of farmers. 

Colonisers were issued licenses for colonisation while acquisition proceedings were still underway. Earlier despite repeated requests from the CBI which is conducting a probe and examining the relevant records pertaining to the case, the department official at Chandigarh had not obliged fearing that some of them may be involved. The CBI's promptness in the investigation has sent panic waves among officials of the department who had reportedly purchased land at throwaway prices in name of their distant relatives taking advantage of inside information that the land will be released. Builders had developed sectors 58-67 on prime land having residential and commercial projects.   

When the acquisition proceedings were going on, builders purchased the land and applied for license for colonisation. Their applications were forwarded to the headquarters. At the headquarters, their cases could have been rejected as the acquisition proceedings were still going on.

Another related scandal wherein incomplete applications were accepted in haste from builders and later revised

Builders used to submit incomplete applications in hurry and later used to complete those files by submitting additional papers. Highly placed sources confirmed that one leading builder who had applied for developing a township submitted his papers incomplete. When an official came to know about it, he secretly made a CD of the incomplete file and passed it on to the builder. The CD was later reportedly destroyed on receiving a big amount in kickbacks. When the department chief came to know about this, he directed that in future, CD will also be submitted alongside the application for grant of license. Also, CCTV cameras were installed in the office.

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