Lucknow, July 27: The Uttar Pradesh government has recommended a CBI probe in the purchase of land in Mathura for Yamuna Expressway project, said reports on Friday. The government has sent a reference to the Ministry of Personnel, Pension and Public Grievance for the same. The scam reportedly caused a loss of Rs 126 crore to the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA). (Also read: Authority Takes Action Against Builder For Diverting Flat Owners’ Money)

One of the accused and former YEIDA Chief Executive Officer, retired IAS officer PC Gupta, is in jail since last month. The authority had recently conducted a departmental inquiry and found direct involvement of Gupta. An FIR was filed against him and 20 others for acquiring 57 hectares of land in the YEIDA area in Mathura district at an inflated price from relatives and acquaintances. He continued to be on the run after filing of the FIR.

On the basis of the report, the state government has recommended a CBI probe. The officials found that Gupta bought the land in seven villages of Mathura at Rs 85.49 crore and later the land was sold at a higher cost to the authority, causing a loss of Rs 126 crore to YEIDA. The Greater Noida police has added three more names of former and current bureaucrats in the FIR lodged against the 22 accused.

Meanwhile, the civil aviation ministry has said the process of land acquisition for the proposed international airport at Jewar, Uttar Pradesh, is expected to be completed in two months. “The Uttar Pradesh government has assured that the process of getting land will be completed in two months time and that the bids for PPP (Public Private Partnership) will be invited in October. We expect that the award will be given in December, followed by a foundation stone-laying ceremony in December,” Civil Aviation Minister R N Choubey told reporters recently.