The Haryana Urban Development Authority has decided to cancel the allotment of 56 plots under its discretionary quota alleging that they had been fraudulently obtained — including an applicant who gave his address as “care of Prime Minister’s House” for one plot and "care of 10, Janpath, New Delhi" for another.
Others in the list include former Haryana ministers, former judges and former bureaucrats. The information was submitted in an affidavit to the Punjab and Haryana High Court by HUDA chief administrator A K Singh after the authority was prodded by the court to probe the discretionary quota allotments.
The allotees, Singh said in the affidavit, “prima facie” obtained the land by “submitting false/misleading/incomplete affidavits on the basis of name, father's/husband’s name, address, signatures, photographs and any other relevant data available in the file”.
The size of the plots ranged from four marlas to six kanals and they were located in Gurgaon, Faridabad, Panchkula, Hisar and Karnal, among others. Some of the allotments were made four decades ago. Approval for allotments under the discretionary quota are given by the HUDA chief administrator.
Among the 56 is an applicant named Madan Lal, who was allotted a four marla plot in 1986 and a 10 marla plot in 1992, both in Gurgaon. For the first allotment, Lal gave his address as, “care of Prime Minister's House, Race Course Road, New Delhi”.
In 1992, Lal gave his address as “care of 10, Janpath, New Delhi” — which was and remains the house of Sonia Gandhi, who became Congress president in 1998. Lal gave no other information about himself other than that he was the son of Amar Nath.
“A public notice is under preparation and shall be issued shortly to allow 30 days to these persons to present their case to the authority,” HUDA said in the affidavit. “Scrutiny of the remaining suspect discretionary quota allotment is in progress”, it said, adding that the final status report will likely take another month.
HUDA has also issued notices to 147 applicants who allegedly got plots fraudulently under the defence quota and 48 in the government servant quota. It has asked them why their allotments should not be cancelled and given them 30 days to reply.