IFFCO board gifts MD Rs 50-cr plus Hauz Khas property as an ‘incentive’

Awasthi

Dy Commissioner complains to CVC about transfer of Hauz Khas Enclave house, IFFCO says it's not public property.

The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) is looking into a complaint that the ownership and title of a prime south Delhi property of the Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Society (IFFCO), a multi-state cooperative society, has been transferred to its managing director, making it his personal property.

In his complaint, the Registrar and Deputy Commissioner (Revenue) of South West Delhi, who is also the District Magistrate, said the 1,000-square yard property — estimated to be worth over Rs 50 crore — at L-4 Hauz Khas Enclave, was registered in the name of IFFCO MD Uday Shankar Awasthi by a conveyance deed on January 30.

"A prima facie dubious, imprudent and financially improper transaction worth crores of rupees was brought to my notice, whereby IFFCO has transferred the title, ownership and possession of its prime property in the heart of New Delhi to its Managing Director vide conveyance deed dated 30.01.2013," DC (South West) Nikhil Kumar wrote on February 22.

Asked for a comment, Kumar said: "The sub-registrar cannot compound a document or deed, but is obliged to register any property unless the registration document is undervalued. And under the Multi-State Cooperative Societies Act, it is beyond my purview. So the issue has been flagged to the authorities concerned, as the case does not seem to have any legislative intent."

Section 17 of the 2002 Act, which governs cooperatives like IFFCO and NAFED, provides for transfer of assets of a multi-state cooperative society to another cooperative society only. Any other transfer, especially as a 'consideration, recognition and irrevocable benefit' to its officials for their 'services', is neither contemplated in the statute, nor is it in consonance with its legislative intent.

Kumar's letter, alleging abuse of guidelines of the Department of Personnel and Training, has been sent to CVC Pradeep Kumar, Secretary (Agriculture) Ashish Bahuguna, Secretary (Fertilisers) Sudhir Mittal, Additional Secretary (Cooperation) Dalip Singh, Joint Secretary (Cooperation) R K Tiwari and Divisional Commissioner of Delhi Dharam Pal.

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