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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Chandigarh, March 14, 2013
The three-member tribunal headed by justice Kuldip Singh (retd) in its report submitted to the Punjab and Haryana high court has pointed towards a big "land grab scam" being operated in the periphery of Chandigarh where thousand of acres of village land has been grabbed or is in the process of being grabbed.

The tribunal informed the court that it had come across several cases in which the government authorities have ignored the "patent fraud" in usurping of government, village panchayat land under their nose and also directors/additional directors of consolidation had "colluded with the revenue officers" and passed illegal orders, which "smack of fraud, collusion and conspiracy".

The three member tribunal including retired Haryana district judge Baru Nath Gupta and advocate PN Aggarwal was constituted by the high court on May 29, 2012, for looking into illegal ownership of government land by private parties including the politicians, bureaucrats, police and revenue officials in the entire state of Punjab.

Out of a total of 336 villages of Punjab, the tribunal has submitted the interim report of the eight villages within the periphery of Chandigarh. These include Karoran (Naya Gaon), Kansal, Bartana, Mirzapur, Chhoti-Bari Nagal, Majrian, Mullanpur Garib Dass and Pallanpur villages of SAS Nagar district.
Some Persons/societies illegally occupying land

Name                                                                  Chunk of land             Village                                 Reason
Sumedh Singh Saini
(Punjab DGP)                                                         32 kanal                     Kansal                      (Change of ownership from Jumla Mustraka Malkan land to   right holders and sale deeds are wholly illegal and without jurisdiction)

Sonam Kumar                                                      23 kanal, 19 marla         Kansal                            Same as above
s/o Lt Gen BKN Chibber (Ex-Punjab Governor)

(For full report, read Friday's hindustantimes)