The Punjab and Haryana high court has issued a notice to the central government, the ministry of defence and others on a petition alleging encroachment on defence land in Punjab.
The petitioner has sought a court-monitored probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), alleging that the defence land had been encroached upon by private persons and there was inadequate action from the government to recover the land.
The petitioner, Ashish Gupta, has submitted that the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG), through a series of reports submitted on the issue, had pointed out glaring instances of irregularities and illegalities in the management of defence land, resulting in huge losses to the public exchequer.
He has submitted that the audit report of 2010-11 on defence estates' management had pointed towards 21 cases of unauthorised sale or transfer of properties involving 100.33 acres of land in Ambala and 34 cases in Jalandhar under the Western Command. The petitioner has submitted that there were 25 bungalows under the Western Command in which unauthorised construction was carried out and 29 bungalows had been used for educational purposes. He has cited the example of Banarsi Dass Arya Girls College, Jalandhar Cantonment. Stating that it was an example of illegal occupation, the petitioner said no action was being taken by the government.
The next date of hearing has been fixed for April 6.