Noida land scam, Former UP Chief Secretary gets 2 year jail term

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Former UP chief Secretary Neera Yadav

The Supreme Court on Wednesday sentenced former Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary Neera Yadav to two years in jail in connection with a land allotment scam, ANI reported. The apex court also sentenced former IAS officer Rajiv Kumar to two years imprisonment in the case.

Neera Yadav who is considered to be close to SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav, was the CEO of Noida Authority at the time of scam and Kumar was her deputy.

The CBI investigated almost 36 cases of irregular allotment or conversion of plots in Noida. The officials had earlier been convicted by a CBI court in Ghaziabad in 2012 and sentenced three years in prison.

The CBI undertook a probe following a 1998 Supreme Court order on a writ petition filed by theNoida Entrepreneur Association against the New Okhla Industrial Development Authority (NOIDA)the previous year.

Yadav, a 1971 batch IAS officer, became Uttar Pradesh's first woman chief secretary during the Samajwadi Party's regime in 2005. Yadav was convicted for allotting Flex Industries, owned by Ashok Chaturvedi, an industrial plot in Noida in 1995 when she was the chairman of the Noida. Despite the rule that only one plot of land could be allotted to one family, Neera Yadav got two plots allotted in the names of her two daughters.

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