An analysis of Immoveable Property Returns (IPR) filed by Haryana IAS officers shows that barring a handful, most are a rich lot owning houses, plots, flats, commercial space in malls. The favoured destinations: Gurgaon, Faridabad and Panchkula.

Most of these officers were allotted plots for their houses by Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) at low rates, including those under discretionery quotas of the state government. With spiraling property prices, these officers have made it rich.

The column in the IPR, asking for information about the present value of the property has been left unfilled by most. In many cases these officers have said they have not assessed the present value of the property while some others have come up with interesting explanations.

K K Khandelwal, a 1985 batch officer, currently additional principal secretary to the chief minister, while giving details of the rates at which he bought his property has mae it clear that “due to the recent unexpected spurt in the prices, the present value of the property has increased manifolds” without specifying the current market rate.

Chattar Singh, principal secretary to the chief minister, a 1980 batch officer too has no idea of the present cost of his 840 square metre plot in Gurgaon nor of his flat in Defence Colony, New Delhi.

Praveen Kumar, deputy commissioner of Faridabad, has a long list of properties spread across Punjab and Haryana, most of which are in his wife’s name. The present value of these properties has, however, not been given in any case.

Amit Jha, a 1987 batch officer, mentions that the price of his 500 square yard plot in Sector 28, Faridabad is Rs 1.43 lakh but adds that there is no official agency which can access the present value of the plot, which must be otherwise in crores.

But there are some who have no problem in mentioning the current rates of their properties. Arun Kumar, a 1989 batch officer, says his 14 marla house in Sector 40, Gurgaon is now worth Rs 3 crore. Ankur Gupta, a 1991 batch officer, has a long list of properties to declare which he says are worth over Rs 5. 5 crore.

Then there are officers who have mentioned the properties they got under discretionary quotas. Alok Nigam, a 1986 batch officer, has in his IPR stated that he got 1 kanal plot in Panchkula in 1996 from HUDA under discretionary quota.

P Raghvendra Rao, one year his senior, also got a plot under the discretionary quota in the name of his wife in Sector 28 in Faridabad. Dalip Singh, a 1982 batch officer, also got a plot from HUDA under the discretionary quota in Faridabad in Sector 21C.

Other than government plots, many Haryana IAS officers have also patronised mega builders like DLF, Emaar MGF, Unitech and have been able to afford their properties. Still others managed to buy properties at unimaginably low rates from private parties.

A 1993 batch IAS officer, Neerja Shekhar, has a 500 square yard in Dera Bassi in Punjab which she bought for Rs 5 lakh. According to Anurag Rastogi, a 1990 batch officer, the value of his house in Sector 10 Panchkula is Rs 64 lakh. He had bought the house in 2009.

Sandeep Garg, a 1991 batch officer, has a plot in Mansa Devi Complex in Sector 4, Panchkula which is valued at Rs 20 lakh.

Jyoti Arora a 1987 batch officer, owns a 423 square metre house in Sector 21, Gurgaon which she bought for Rs 18.76 lakh after procuring a loan. She bought commercial property in Gurgaon in 2007 for over Rs 84 lakh for which she raised a loan of Rs 35 lakh. Her annual income from this property is over Rs 20 lakh. She bought a plot in Sector 6, Mansa Devi complex in Panchkula in 2009 after procuring another loan of Rs 15 lakh. She has not mentioned how much she bought this property for.

Krishan Mohan, a 1977 batch officer, has a 10 marla plot in Sector 44 in Chandigarh, which he bought for only Rs 43,750 and he is now earning Rs 31,000 per month from rent.

Ramendra Jakhu, a 1979 batch officer and his wife Shakuntala Jakhu, a 1978 batch officer have benefited the most from the shooting up of property rates in Gurgaon. They were allotted 1 kanal plot in Sector 23, Gurgaon by HUDA in 1986 for which they paid Rs 1.09 lakh. They constructed a house on it and sold the house for Rs 1.10 crore. The IPR does not mention when the house was sold.

After they sold the house, the couple bought commercial space in Times Square in Sector 27, Gurgaon for Rs 30 lakh, 1 kanal plot in Mansa Devi Complex, Panchkula for Rs 24.74 lakh and over 35 kanals of agricultural land in Tepla in Ambala for another Rs 24.74 lakh. They have not assessed the present value of these properties.

Ramender Jakhu was also allotted 10 marla plot in Panchkula from the chief minister’s discretionary quota in 1981, which he later sold.

S N Roy, a 1987 batch officer, benefited almost similarly. Roy and wife bought a plot in Panchkula in 2003-04 for Rs 32.48 lakh and they sold it in 2009-10 for Rs 250 lakh. They used this money to buy a semi-built house in Sector 19 Chandigarh for Rs 294 lakh.

Avtar Singh, another 1987 batch officer, however, says that all he owns is a plot in Sector 23- 23A in Gurgaon which was allotted to him by HUDA in 1995 in lieu of another plot in the same sector. It has been 16 years and he has not been handed over the possession of the plot.

Some have nothing, others fail to declare

Haryana has a fair share of those who do not own either a brick or an inch. One of the senior-most IAS officers in the state, Manik Sonawane has no property to declare. N K Jain, a 1978 batch officer, one year his junior, too, has nothing to declare. Ashima Garg, Atul Kumar, C G Rajini Kaanthan, G Anupama, J Ganeshan, J S Ahlawat, Abhilaksh Likhi, Neelam Kasni, Nitin Yadav, Pankaj Yadav, P K Jain, R S Doon and R P Chander are among those who have nothing to declare.

And then there are 13 IAS officers, who according to the department of personnel and training, have not submitted their IPRs. These include Ashok Kumar Meena, Balraj Singh, D P S Nagal, D Suresh, Maharaj Krishan Mahajan, Mhathung Kithan, Mohan Lal Kaushik, R S Khara, Rakesh Gupta, S P Srow, Sanjiv Kumar, T L Satyaprakash and Surjeet Singh.

IAS property list spans plots, flats, mall... - Indian Express


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