New Delhi: Trouble seems to be mounting for former Delhi Lt Governor Tejinder Khanna as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a preliminary enquiry (PE) into purchase of Commonwealth Games Village flats from Emaar MGF on escalated prices.

 It is to be noted that Dainik Jagran had published a story on February 18 in this regard claiming that CBI was set to register a PE in this case. According to the CBI, an additional payment of Rs 100 crores was made to Emmar MGF for 250 flats by violating the purchase norms of Commonwealth Games Village.  

Serving as the DDA Chairman, Tejinder Khanna had formed two committees to determine the prices of the flats ahead of their purchase. These committees proposed two different prices for the flats at Rs 9,720 per square feet and Rs 9,382 per square feet.

Later, Khanna convened a meeting of top officials of the DDA and the Ministry of Urban Development in which the price rates proposed by the two committees were rejected and a new rate of Rs 11,000 per square feet was agreed for the purchase of the flats.

By registering the preliminary enquiry, the CBI will try to find out whether the decision for purchase of flats was taken as per the administrative requirements or there was some kind of vested interest of those who were involved in the decision making process.

According to a senior official, the roles of Tejinder Khanna and senior officials of the union Urban Rural Development Ministry are under suspicion and evidences will be collected against them during the investigation. He said, “After the preliminary enquiry, an FIR will be registered against the accused to ensure punishment for those who are responsible for the alleged bungling.”
(Niloo Ranjan/JPN)