CBI files 5 chargesheets against MCD officials

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New Delhi, Jan 9 (UNI) The CBI has filed 22 preliminary investigation reports, including five chargesheets, against more than 35 MCD officials, who were found abbetting in illegal constructions in the capital, the investigating agency said in its seventh report filed in the Delhi High Court today.

CBI's report was filed before a special bench of the Delhi High Court comprising Justices A K Sikri and Rekha Sharma and will come up for hearing on Friday.

The 5 chargesheets were filed in the special court under the prevention of corruption act and criminal misconduct. Besides, one chargesheet was in the final stage and awaiting sanction from the authorities. Eight reports were complete but the nexus of politicians was being looked into, the CBI said in its report.

The CBI said it had not been able to establish the political nexus so far, though it knew the names of those politicians who were abeting and acquiring public land through only verbal evidence against them and no documentry proof as yet. The CBI found various irregularities in the cases. Records like log books related to demolition of many properties were missing from the official books. In some cases, it was found that the building was shown demolished but was still existent.

During the course of investigation, CBI also found that the MCD officials deviated and fabricated records to give benefits to the illegal constructions.

Some properties were built on illegal land and some constructions were unauthorised. In some other cases, documents were forged and the log books were missing.

There was abundance of irregularities and all officials from top to bottom were hand-in-glove, the CBI report said. The officials were found amassing huge assets in raids.

The properties verified by CBI team were residential as well commercial at Mathura Road, Jangpura, Paharganj. 58 properties were in East Delhi, while 541 were in the Shahdara, Rohini, MG Road, Karol Bagh and others.

The CBI said it had investigated only a fraction of properties in the capital but would soon verify all the illegal structures that had come up. All those involved in abbeting these structures, whether politicians or officials, would not be spared, the report said.

Pursuant of the Delhi High Court orders of May 18, 2006, the investigating agency had constituted a High Power Committee to investigate the irregularities by the MCD officials in allowing the illegal buildings to come up in the capital.

The court had directed that cases of criminal misconduct be registered against the corrupt officials who had amassed wealth by getting the illegal structures come up.

The court said that demolition of the illegal structures would not suffix the criminal misconduct and the actions of the authorities for abbetting these structures.

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