The Punjab and Haryana high court has directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to file an abridged report of its earlier report recommending registration of an FIR against 15 people for acquisition of politically influential people's 247 kanal land in Bathinda in 2010 for a solid waste dumping yard at a very high price, by January 10.
The division bench comprising chief justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and justice Augustine George Masih, however, made it clear that the abridged report would not have names of witnesses and suspects, and it should also be handed over to all parties in the case.
When the case came up for resumed hearing, CBI's counsel Sumeet Goel said the facts of the earlier report filed in the high court in a sealed cover in January could not be divulged in any manner to the accused. But the investigating agency had no problem in filing a gist of the earlier report without naming the witnesses and suspects.
The petitioners and the affected parties in the case had been making a request since January to also hand over the CBI report to them but the CBI had objected to it, saying it would hamper the prosecution agency's investigation.
The case will come up for hearing on January 16.
The public interest litigation was filed by residents of Mandi Khurd village of Bathinda district. The high court had on August 8, 2012, handed over the probe to the CBI. The petitioners had alleged that the beneficiaries had jointly bought land at Rampura Phul, 33 km from Bathinda, for around Rs 1.59 crore in February 2010.
The beneficiaries who are allegedly close to revenue and public relations minister Bikram Singh Majithia include Khushdev Singh, former councillor of Khanna municipal council; and Yadvinder Singh, district president of Ludhiana Youth Akali Dal, who was a ticket aspirant from Khanna for the 2012 assembly elections.