Retd govt officer accuses minister of ‘grabbing’ flat
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A retired government officer has accused Minister of State for Programme Implementation Ram Sakal Gurjar and his brother Giriraj Singh for grabbing his flat located at Taj Nagari locality in Agra.
Retired Chief Fire Officer K C Bharadwaj, a resident of Shaheed Nagar locality in Agra, claimed they had locked the flat and were pressurising him to transfer it in the name of Giriraj, who is a government employee. He also alleged that the minister and his associates are threatening him with dire consequences and that Gurjar should be held responsible if any untoward incident happened with him or any of his family members.
On the application filed by Bhardwaj, an inquiry has been ordered into the matter by District Magistrate, Agra, Zuahir Bin Saghir on Friday. Additional District Magistrate, city, Arun Prakash has been asked to conduct an inquiry and file the report within a week.
"The next course of action would be decided only after receiving the inquiry report", said the DM, adding that Bhardwaj had made direct allegations against the minister's brother.
Bhardwaj also said that in September 2012 he had complained about it to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav when he was in Safai. "I told him that Gurjar had forcibly locked my flat and was not allowing me to enter inside. I also told him Gurjar was harassing me since 2011 when I purchased the flat," said Bhardwaj.
He added that the CM then directed DM Agra to look into the matter. After returning from Safai, Bhardwaj met DM Agra for a few times to know the progress of the case but nothing was done.
Bhardwaj said he also personally went to meet Gurjar requesting to open the flat. "Ram Sakal refused and said he was interested in purchasing the flat," said Bhardwaj. According to Bhardwaj, in 2011 he purchased the flat from one Gopi Chand Shastri. For few months he stayed there and later rented a portion to some students. Gurjar and his associates threatened the students, forcing them to leave the flat. In February 2012, Ram Sakal and his associates put a lock on the flat.