Two plots in Islamabad are believed to have been fraudulently transferred. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has asked for the records of two plots in sector D-13 that were allegedly transferred fraudulently a few months ago.
A few months ago, Sobia Toru, the deputy commissioner of the Capital Development Authority (CDA), told the security directorate that she had learned that two files from sector D-13 were being moved with her fake signature.
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Officials from the security directorate raided different offices and finally found records of both files from the one window operation (OWP). Sources say that the records have been taken away.
The original files for both plots have gone missing from the land directorate, which is an interesting turn of events. Security officials have said that both situations were wrong in some way.
The CDA’s land directorate doesn’t have the original files.
Another source says that the security directorate recently got a tip about some other suspicious plot transfers in the same area, so a preliminary investigation has begun.
It’s important to remember that the security directorate took what they thought were fake records of seven plots in sector I-12 from OWP just minutes before they were transferred a few years ago.
Later, the cases were sent to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), but surprisingly, only one case has so far had a first information report (FIR) filed.
There are thousands of people whose land was bought by the city government and who are now eligible to get plots from that land. But after 2017, the civic agency stopped giving these people the plots they were supposed to have. This unofficial ban on giving them plots may give corrupt officials a chance to take advantage of the situation.
Affected people have brought a number of cases against CDA to lower courts and even to the Islamabad High Court (IHC) (those whose land was acquired by the authority).
“I don’t understand why CDA doesn’t get rid of people from plots once and for all. “This problem has been going on for decades,” a CDA official said. “Property dealers worked with CDA officials from 2017 to 2020 to give out hundreds of plots in sector I-12 with signatures from the past,” the official said. The official said that this was also looked into by the security directorate in 2020.
People have been going from pillar to post to get their alternate plots, and officials say that many of them gave up and sold their files (claims of plots) to property dealers who know CDA officials for small amounts of money because they were too tired to keep going.
In the last few years, about 300 people who were affected by land acquisition in sector E-12 were able to vote, while the rest of those affected in this sector and in many others have been waiting for years.
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