New Delhi: The Ghaziabad Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court, on Tuesday, penalized two senior Indian Administrative Services (IAS) officers in the Noida land allotment scam. The court has ordered a three years each jail term and also slapped a fine of Rs 1 lakh each against former Chief Secretary of UP Neera Yadav (retd) and Rajiv Kumar finding them guilty for fraudulently allotting lands in the Noida to big names.
Yadav was found guilty of violating norms in allotting industrial land to Flex Industries while she was the chief executive officer of Noida Authority in the 1995. In December 2012, the CBI court in Ghaziabad had sentenced her to four years imprisonment. Yadav had then broke down after hearing the verdict against her.
Yadav was accused of violating the rules to help the company to get an industrial plot in Noida in 1995 when she was the chairman of the Noida Development Authority. The chairman of Flex, Ashok Chaturvedi, was also sentenced for four years.
Neera Yadav headed the Noida Development Authority seven years ago. The Noida Entrepreneurs’ Association filed cases against her accusing her of manipulating out-of-turn allotments to bureaucrats, politicians, industrialists and family and friends.
Neera Yadav is the wife of a BJP politician and was appointed Chief Secretary in April 2005 when Mulayam Singh Yadav was UP’s Chief Minister. She was dismissed on the orders of the Supreme Court on the basis of the multiple charges of corruption.
While, Senior IAS officer Rajiv Kumar, facing trial for his alleged role in the Noida land allotment scam. Kumar was Yadav’s junior at the time when the scam was being shaped.
The court has sent the two for three years jail term and also asked to pay Rs 1 lakh each.
The two have now got the bail from the court and are out.