Delhi Chief Secretary moves HC, seeks removal of defamatory article by ‘The Wire’ in Dwarka Expressway compensation case

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar has moved the Delhi High Court, seeking directions for online news portal ‘The Wire’ to remove a report claiming that Kumar’s son had links with a family that benefited from increased compensation during land acquisition by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for the Dwarka Expressway project.

In addition to seeking directions for the removal of the article, Kumar has also sought to restrain the news portal and reporter Meetu Jain from publishing further “defamatory” content.

Senior Counsel Maninder Singh argued on behalf of Kumar, and the court, presided over by Justice Manoj Kumar Ohri, has listed the matter for further hearing on November 21.

The report by ‘The Wire’ titled ‘Links of son of Delhi Chief Secretary to Beneficiary’s Family in Land Over-Valuation Case Raise Questions,’ alleged connections between Kumar’s son and a family that allegedly gained from the increased compensation for land acquired by the NHAI.

Having sent a legal notice to ‘The Wire’ and Meetu Jain through Advocate Bani Dikshit on November 13, Kumar claimed that the report was defamatory, false, baseless, and misleading.

He asserted that he took cognisance of the issue independently and recommended the case to be referred to the CBI to prevent wrongful loss to the public exchequer.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had sent a complaint to the Vigilance Minister for investigation into the alleged benefits of Rs 315 crore provided by Kumar to his son in land acquisition for the Dwarka Expressway project, said an official.

“A complaint was made to Chief Minister Kejriwal regarding the alleged corruption involving Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar on October 24. It was alleged that the Chief Secretary benefited his son’s company by Rs 315 crore,” a source had said.

“There are allegations of irregularities in land acquisition on the Dwarka Expressway. The Chief Minister has sent the complaint to the Minister of Vigilance for a detailed inquiry in the matter,” said the official.

Earlier, the Delhi High Court had nullified an award of over Rs 300 crore issued by District Magistrate (DM) Hemant Kumar, who was suspended from his position, in a matter of compensation for land acquisition in Bamnoli Village, southwest Delhi on the Dwarka Expressway.

Kumar, a 2013-batch Indian Administrative Services (IAS) officer, had increased the compensation amount for 19-acres of land acquired by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) from Rs 41.5 crore to Rs 353.8 crore during his tenure as the DM of southwest Delhi.

The High Court’s decision was based on the observation that the DM had made this award without giving the NHAI an opportunity to refute the additional documents submitted by the awardee, Subhash Chand Kathuria, a fact admitted by Kathuria’s counsel in court.

The court held that the award was issued in blatant violation of the principles of natural justice and contained patent illegalities.

The implementation of this award would have imposed an additional financial burden of Rs. 312.3 crore on the government. Notably, the DM had passed the award in May and sought endorsement from the Divisional Commissioner (DC). However, Ashwani Kumar, the DC, promptly highlighted the misconduct, describing the enhancement of compensation as a “gross blunder” that could have adverse consequences on planned urbanisation and development.

Following this, the Chief Secretary, Naresh Kumar, endorsed the DC’s views and directed an inquiry into the matter within a week by the Directorate of Vigilance.

With the approval of Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor, VK Saxena, a CBI inquiry was recommended to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs on September 20 along with departmental action against Kumar.

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs referred the case to the CBI for investigation on October 20 and concurrently, Kumar was transferred to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands on October 19. He was subsequently placed under suspension with immediate effect on October 20.

IANS

Maliwal assault case: Judicial custody of Bibhav Kumar extended, police file charge sheet

New Delhi: A court here on Tuesday extended till July 30 the judicial custody of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's aide Bibhav Kumar, who is accused of assaulting AAP Rajya...

AAP accuses BJP of conspiring to kill Kejriwal in jail

New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Sunday accused the BJP of hatching a plot to kill Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal by not providing him proper medical care...

Delhi HC orders DDA to demolish all unauthorised constructions on Yamuna river banks

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has ordered the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to demolish all unauthorised constructions on the Yamuna river bank. A bench, headed by Acting Chief Justice...

SC judge recuses himself from hearing Sisodia’s bail pleas

New Delhi: Supreme Court judge, Justice Sanjay Kumar on Thursday withdrew himself from hearing the bail plea of senior AAP leader, Manish Sisodia, in the alleged liquor policy scam. At...

BJP accuses Delhi govt of ‘surreptitiously’ increasing power tariff

New Delhi: Delhi BJP President Virendra Sachdeva on Wednesday accused the AAP government of "surreptitiously" increasing electricity tariffs under the guise of the Power Purchase Adjustment Cost (PPAC) Act. Sachdeva...

Short-term PM2.5 exposures killed 33,000 people annually in India, Delhi highest

New Delhi: Short-term air pollution exposure claimed 33,000 lives annually in 10 cities in India and Delhi tops the list with 12,000 deaths every year, according to a study published...

CM Kejriwal’s judicial custody extended till July 12

New Delhi: A Delhi court on Wednesday extended till July 12 the judicial custody of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in connection with the money laundering case linked to the alleged...

Delhi airport canopy collapse: One dead, several injured

New Delhi: At least one person was killed and eight others injured after a canopy of Terminal-1 at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport collapsed on cars amid heavy rain...

Rain submerges Delhi-NCR, breaks 88-year-old record

New Delhi: Heavy rainfall in Delhi-NCR that started on Thursday, led to widespread waterlogging and severe traffic jams on Friday morning. According to the Meteorological Department, Delhi received 228 mm...

Heavy rain in Delhi-NCR brings relief from intense heat

New Delhi: Parts of the Delhi-NCR on Thursday received rain, bringing relief from the prevailing hot and humid conditions. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted thunderstorms and more showers during...

Atishi’s health deteriorates during hunger strike, admitted to LNJP Hospital

New Delhi: Amid the ongoing water crisis in the national capital, Delhi Water Minister Atishi, who is on an indefinite hunger strike, was admitted to Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital...

Giving ample water, Delhi facing crisis because of inefficient govt: Haryana CM

New Delhi: Haryana Chief Minister Nayab Singh Saini on Monday dismissed charges of any discrimination against the national capital in terms of water supply and blamed it on the ‘inept...

Read Previous

Those who looted the poor will not be spared, will have to spend days in jail: Modi in Rajasthan

Read Next

What was Guv doing for 3 years: SC questions TN Governor over delay in clearing Bills

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

WP2Social Auto Publish Powered By : XYZScripts.com