The Punjab and Haryana high court on Wednesday adjourned the hearing to September 3 in the land acquisition case of a resident of Majra village in SAS Nagar, who has sought to implead chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal as parties in the case.
The matter was listed for hearing before the division bench of justices Hemant Gupta and Raj Rahul Garg for the first time after the change in the judges' roster was effected earlier this month. Earlier, the case was being heard by a division bench of justice AK Mittal.
During the hearing, the petitioner verbally sought to file an amended petition impleading the chief minister and deputy chief minister as parties in the case in the main petition, which was verbally allowed by the high court bench, which adjourned the hearing to September 3.
Earlier, the impleadment of the two was sought through separate applications filed subsequently.
Petitioner Juveeza Chadha has challenged the acquisition of land for the construction of a road leading to a resort in SAS Nagar district partly owned by the Badal family. The petitioner is a resident of Majra village, through which the controversial 100-ft-wide and 1.3-km-long road is being constructed. The resort, Metro Eco Green Resorts, at Palanpur village, is located 2 km from where the road ends. Palanpur is about 20 km from Chandigarh. The high court has stayed the construction of the road on the land owned by her, which was extended on Wednesday by the court till the next hearing.