The Government in Uttarakhand has transferred 23 IAS officers, including D Senthil Pandiyan who was probing some NHAI officials and state government officers in the alleged NH-74 land acquisition scam. Pandiyan was posted as the Commissioner of the Kumaon Division and he was leading the Special Investigation Team (SIT) that was probing the alleged NH-74 land acquisition scam in Udham Singh Nagar. During the SIT probe, some National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) officials were indicted along with several state government officers. It was alleged that irregularities had been conducted by changing land compensation up to 8-10 times. It was also alleged that some of the acquired land was shown as non-agricultural land. The report prepared by the SIT states that the irregularities resulted in revenue loss of Rs 240 crore.
It may be recalled that Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari had recently written to the Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh, asking him to drop the charges made against the NHAI officials. However, Trivendra Singh had called on the central government, explaining why the state government was probing the alleged scam and why it was important. Nonetheless, a letter was issued by the NHAI Chairman, asking for the charges to be dropped against the NHAI officials.