The Punjab and Haryana high court has ordered to stay the demolition of an upcoming marriage palace at Hali Park in town.
Conforming this to Hindustan Times on Saturday, deputy commissioner, Mona Sreenivas, who is also commissioner of the local municipal corporation (MC), said that the court has also barred the private firm to hold any function at the site.
On July 23, the state government had suspended the executive officer Pratap Singh of local MC and had charged him of wrongly processing land lease to a Delhi-based private firm.
The department of urban local bodies had also decided to initiate vigilance inquiry against Partap and his alleged misconduct.
The lease contract was terminated with immediate effect and Partap was posted at Narnaul district.Named after Khwaja Altaaf Hussein Hali (1837-1914), a famous poet, scholar and Urdu critic, who was born in town, the park is spread over 24 acres at Model Town and is the largest green belt in this heavily industrialised area.
The land was given on lease to a Delhi-based private firm, Park Blue Chee restaurant, against a monthly payment of Rs 30,000 for 10 years.
The firm in alleged collusion with the suspended official had allegedly started building structures at the site without any prior approval from the state government.
Taking a strong note of the development, Hali Panipat Trust, lodged a complaint with the state authorities and demanded to scrap the idea of commercialising the park named after the reformist poet.
Later, the restaurant management approached the court and disputed the state government's decision. It stated that the lease was secured after following the official procedure.