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Ardee City Irregularities case - Gopal Das arrested

Gurugram: Gopal Dass Estates’ VP arrested over Ardee City ‘irregularities’

Gurugram: Anil Hasija, vice president of Gopal Das Real Estate and Housing, developer of Ardee City, was arrested at his home in Gurgaon on Thursday.

The construction worker was booked in two separate cases related to violations in the Sector 52 Towns development. Although the first FIR was presented on September 17 following a complaint from the Department of Urban and Rural Planning (DTCP), another was presented on September 20 based on complaints from the EWS that accused the builder of not delivering the tenure of the apartments even after several years. Hasija was arrested in the case related to the EWS assignment.

Both the FIRs had been lodged against 15 people, including Hasija and firm director Shibani Kapur, under Section 10 (violation of license terms and conditions) of the Haryana Development and Regulations of Urban Areas Act and sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating), 467 (forgery), 468 (forging document) and 471 (using forged document) of the IPC at the Sector 53 police station. Gopal Dass Estates & Housing and its associate firms were given three licenses — in 1995, 1997, and 2002 — for the development of their flagship properties, Ardee City and Palm Grove Heights, over 209 acres in sectors 51-52 and 57. However, in the years that followed, residents filed several complaints with the CM’s grievance cell and the DTCP alleging ‘mismanagement’. The developer was accused of forging papers and showing about 45 acres of HSVP land as its own at the time of securing a license for developing the residential society.

On September 2, DTCP  revoked the city’s 200-acre license and revoked Ardee City Mall‘s certificate of occupancy. About a week ago, it took control of the colony.

As per norms, it is required for the company to have ownership and possession of the land before applying for a license. In its complaint, the DTCP said that none of the community sites in the residential neighborhood were transferred to the government within the time period specified in the agreement. In addition, the collective apartment buildings (Buildings A to E) did not have a certificate of occupancy. DTCP said that none of the EWS parcels and apartments have been assigned or built and documents that comply with the Haryana Apartment Ownership Act have yet to be submitted.

Meanwhile, Hasija has been sent to preventive detention for three days after his appearance in court, according to Karan Goel (DLF) ACP. He added that the police are looking for other company directors, including Kapur, whose house in Delhi was raided. She is now on the run. “Investigations are ongoing and efforts will be made to arrest all those named in the FIR,” said Goel.

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