Ex-UP chief secy held in Noida land scam

In a historic decision today, former Uttar Pradesh  chief secretary Neera Yadav along with Ashok Chaturvedi, Chairman and Managing Director of Flex Industries and Flex Engineering, Noida was sentenced to 4 years of rigorous imprisonment, by the CBI Special Court which found her guilty of abusing her official position as chairperson-cum-chief executive officer of Noida Authority to provide monetary advantages to Flex Industries. Both of them have been fined Rs 50,000 as penalty.

Judge A K Singh sentenced the two after the CBI prosecutor appealed that they be given strict punishment to set an example for corrupt public servants and to establish the common man’s trust in the judiciary.

Yadav was charge sheeted by CBI in 2002 in at least 4 graft cases, accusing her of allotting plots out of turn to bureaucrats, politicians, industrialists and family. Yadav, was country’s first IAS officer to be removed from the chief secretary’s post by the Supreme Court on charges of corruption in 2005, and was voted one of the “most corrupt officers” in a poll held by the UP IAS association in 1997.