Apex court revives trial in DDA land scam

February 25th, 2008 - 10:48 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, Feb 25 (IANS) The Supreme Court Monday revived a criminal case against two former Delhi Development Authority (DDA) officials for an alleged move to allot land to private real estate firm DLF Universals at throw-away prices. A bench of Justice Ashok Bhan and Justice Dalveer Bhandari revived the trial of DDA’s former vice-chairman and suspended Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Subhash Sharma and former DDA commissioner (land disposal) A.M Sharan by scrapping a Delhi High Court judgement.

The high court in November 2006 had stalled the trial against the two along with some other individuals by quashing the case of criminal conspiracy, lodged by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

“We can say without any hesitation on the basis of the averments and allegations incorporated in the FIR and the charge-sheet of the CBI that the high court was not justified in quashing them,” said the bench.

It was an offshoot criminal case of what has come to be known as the DDA land scam, in which a sacked Delhi High Court judge, Justice Shammeet Mukherkjee, is also facing prosecution for delivering verdicts favouring various businessmen in land allotment cases.

In the present case, Sharma and Sharan were accused of plotting cheap allotment of DDA land to DLF Universal in collusion with several businessmen, including Dharmbeer Khattar, Ajay Khanna, Raveendra Taneja, G.R. Gogia and Mukesh Saini.

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