BJP councillor Satinder Singh has filed a civil lawsuit for “slander” against deputy commissioner Mohammad Shayin, alleging the latter resorted to “abusive” and “derogatory” language in comments directed at him in the media over a “land grabbing” incident. The petition seeking `1 in compensatory damages, which was filed nearly three months after he lodged a criminal defamation complaint against Shayin, is likely to come up for hearing at a local court on Friday. After the councillor had accused the deputy commissioner of “misuse of the latter had released a statement to various newspapers saying, “He (Satinder Singh) has lost his mental balance, which is why he is making such allegations. He needs a doctor.”
In his complaint Singh had said “the DC’s comments are most unbecoming of a person occupying a high and responsible government post. He used language that was abusive and defamatory. I’ve only sought symbolic damages as I’m not suing him for money but can’t let anyone malign me.”
He said he had recently highlighted a case of land grabbing in Mauli village, Chandigarh, which he alleged involved Shayin. He also claimed the land in question, measuring about 8-9 kanals, was illegally occupied for a graveyard. “The DC misused his official powers in the incident,” he added. Singh also filed a written complaint against Shayin with home minister Rajnath Singh, the CBI director and the UT administrator.
The Chandigarh administration had earlier bought land in Mauli village from area residents for constructing the third phase of the city’s industrial area.