ISLAMABAD: A plot scandal to the tune of millions of rupees has been unearthed in the Department of Estate Management-2 (Commercial) of the Capital Development Authority (CDA).

It was revealed that the national exchequer was inflicted with a loss of Rs500 million because the CDA restored cancelled plot in 1985 on the pressure of an influential parliamentarian.

Sources said a plot, measuring 3200 sq yard situated in G-9 Markaz (Karachi Company) Islamabad, was allotted in 1985. Initially film star Rangeela wanted to build a cinema here but due to non-payment CDA had cancelled its allotment.

Sources said later the plot was declared commercial through connivance and after two months an influential party purchased the concerned plot from the allottee and told him that they would themselves get it restored. An influential parliamentary pressurised the CDA to restore this plot, which was cancelled 26 years ago. Honest officers of the CDA suggested auctioning it so that the CDA would get Rs700 million. But due to the connivance of CDA and political pressure the plot was restored after fixing Rs200 million as the proposed price through the CDA board on November 11, 2011. The land mafia had already bought this plot and a transfer letter was issued on November 4, 2011; possession was handed over to the party after completing the process in three days.

The Building Control Section immediately approved a ground floor and three storey map and now not only is construction of a commercial plaza underway but pressure is being exerted to add another storey.

Honest officers of the CDA have appealed to Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to summon its record by taking suo moto notice and saving Rs500 million of the national exchequer.