Housing Society Scam: IAS Officer, Retd Govt Servants Get Jail

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Housing Society Scam: IAS Officer, Retd Govt Servants Get Jail
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An IAS officer and five retired government servants have been sentenced to one year imprisonment by a Delhi court in one of the corruption cases pertaining to a Rs 4000 crore cooperative group housing society (CGHS) scam which CBI started probing in 2005.

The seventh convict, who was a private person, has been sentenced to three years in jail for the offences of forgery, cheating and using a forged document as genuine under IPC.

Special CBI Judge Manoj Jain sentenced former Registrar Cooperative Societies (RCS) Narayan Diwakar, an IAS officer of 1986 batch, dealing assistant Faiz Mohammad, senior auditor P K Thirwani, assistant registrar Yogi Raj, upper division clerk U S Bhatnagar and RCS inspecting officer Ram Nath to one year simple imprisonment and also slapped a fine of Rs 30,000 on each of them.

The court held Diwakar and five ex-public servants guilty of various offences under IPC relating to attempting to cheat, forgery and using forged documents as genuine and under the Prevention of Corruption Act for attempting to commit criminal misconduct.

"Angle of conspiracy stands proved to the hilt. Complicity of public servants accused is very evident. RCS officials were supposed to apply horse sense and they rather completely ignored the basic things and the application in question was entertained without raising any eyebrow," the judge said in his order last week.

The court while sentencing Delhi resident Gokul Chand Aggarwal, a private person, also directed him to pay a fine of Rs 70,000.

The judge observed that "fortunately it remained a case of attempted cheating only as the conspiracy got unearthed before the land could be actually allotted at reserve price."

The seven convicts had fraudulently tried to revive the already liquidated Anand CGHS by forging documents and showing non-existent members.

According to CBI, Anand CGHS was allotted a land in Pitampura by DDA in 1975 for a token money but due to the failure of the society to pay the remaining amount, it was liquidated by RCS. 

However, in 2003, Aggarwal obtained the documents of the society and fabricated them in order to illegally revive it.

He approached RCS and in connivance with the convicted employees of RCS, the application was approved, according to the prosecution.

CBI lawyer Jyotsna Sharma Pandey had contended that Aggarwal was the mastermind of the scam and impersonated as the secretary of the defunct Anand CGHS.

She had told the court that the six public servants were hands in glove and were actively and intentionally helping Aggarwal.

"They all knew that Anand CGHS was no more active. They all intended to bag the land from DDA. It was possible as allotment was to be on the basis of seniority which naturally related to date of registration," she said.

During the trial, all the public servants had submitted that there was no illegal agreement with any private person and they had merely carried out their official duties with utmost good faith.

Aggarwal had also pleaded innocence and said he was neither its member nor its office bearer and he never signed in any capacity whatsoever in connection with any of the alleged documents related to Anand CGHS.

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