Four months after an official communiqué from the Punjab rural development and panchayat department, the Punjab Police are yet to lodge an FIR against former director general of police (DGP) Paramdeep Singh Gill on the charge of grabbing 157 acres of Sainimajra village common panchayat land in Mohali district.
A month before contesting the January 2012 assembly polls on the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) ticket from Moga, Gill had got the possession of a huge chunk of the environmentally-protected land mutated in his name, allegedly in connivance with then Majri block naib tehsildar Roopinder Manku.
Manku was suspended, but later his suspension was revoked “pending inquiry”. He is also yet to face any action for violation of service rules.
It was on September 25, 2013, that the Majri block development officer (BDPO) had written to the Kurali (Sadar) police station to lodge a case of land grabbing against Gill under Section 13 of the Punjab Village Panchayat Common (Regulation) Act and various sections of the Indian Penal Code. The communiqué stated that Gill was encroaching upon and trespassing and plundering this huge chunk of land where any deforestation activity such as cutting of trees was banned under the Punjab Land Protection Act (PLPA).
When contacted, the Kurali police station (Sadar) station house officer (SHO), sub-inspector Iqbal Singh, said he was yet to check the record in this regard.
Outcome of inquiry awaited
Regarding no action against the erring naib tehsildar so far, financial commissioner, revenue, NS Kang told HT that Manku was not given any posting, though his suspension was revoked pending inquiry a few months ago.
When asked why it was taking so long for the outcome of the inquiry ordered under Rule 8 of the Punjab service rules, Kang said the matter was pending with the Patiala divisional commissioner.
Hindustan Times had earlier reported how the former DGP, after losing the assembly polls, had fenced 157 acres of ‘shamlat deh’ land around a seasonal rivulet at Sainimajra near Kurali even after a court ordered that the possession of the land in Gill’s name stood null and void.
Last week, the ex-DGP had appeared before revenue officials of the Majri block for an on-the-spot inspection of the encroached land as the Kharar sub-divisional magistrate had sent a remand to the officials for action after reviewing the matter.
Majri block naib tehsildar Vivek Niromohi, who inspected the field and crosschecked land revenue records on January 24, said he was yet to prepare the report.