Gurugram: Homebuyers, shop owners accuse official of corruption

GURUGRAM: Owners of hundreds of flats in residential societies and commercial spaces in malls have filed a series of complaints against the district registrar of firms and societies, I S Yadav, with the additional chief secretary (ACS) of the industry and commerce department, Devender Singh, seeking a probe into corruption charges against the former.
The complainants are mostly owners in Westend Heights, Ridgewood Estate, CHD Avenue 71 and Central Plaza Mall.
Shop owners of Central Plaza Mall in Sector 53 complain of misappropriation of mall association’s fund by the current governing body, which has gone unchecked by the district registrar. Yogesh Saini, owner of a shop in Central Plaza Mall, said Yadav did not obey the 2017 order by the state registrar’s office for Yadav to audit accounts of the shop owner’s association, following complaints by shop owners, which he did not obey.
Saini alleged several crores of rupees of the association’s funds were misappropriated because Yadav failed to take action.
A resident of Westend Heights, Ritu Bhariok, said representatives of five residential societies, including herself, had met ACS Devender Singh in Chandigarh to discuss their grievances and to demand action. Bhariok alleged the Westend Heights RWA has been concealing the society’s key financial records and documents, which every property owner and member is entitled to review and receive.
“Despite clear directions and multiple orders by the state registrar of societies over the past two years, Yadav has been ignoring the wrongdoings and avoiding compliance of directions by his senior officials, causing harassment to residents,” said Bhariok.
Ritu Bagai, another Ridgewood Estate resident, said following RWA elections, residents lodged complaints against Yadav for arbitrarily approving the governing body, in violation of Haryana Registration and Regulation of Societies (HRRS) Act 2012, but no action was taken. She added residents are hopeful the ACS will take action against Yadav.
Gaurav Kalra, resident of CHD Avenue 71, said, “We’d first reported financial irregularity and other violations by the RWA to the district registrar on April 2 2018, but our complaint is still lying unresolved.” He added even after repeated requests, Yadav has purposely delayed hearings/proceedings in the name of natural justice, thus extending time allowed to the governing body, which the latter has used to further misappropriate public funds and manipulate/tamper records. He wrote that although the district registrar’s inaction was brought to the state registrar’s notice, no relief has been offered till date.
When contacted, I S Yadav said, “Residents can raise their grievances but many of the complaints were filed to put pressure on me. Issues raised by residents are being looked into as per HRRS Act 2012 norms,” adding most complaints about RWA elections etc have already been resolved, only a few are still being processed.


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