Panchayat land deals tribunal case to come up on May 13

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Apr 24, 2015 09:16 IST

The Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday fixed May 13 as the next date of hearing into the case related to the fate of the Justice Kuldip Singh tribunal that was constituted on the high court directions over two years ago to look into the alleged illegal mutations of the village common panchayat lands in the name of private people across Punjab.

The court’s double bench comprising Justice Hemant Gupta and Justice Lisa Gill heard the counsel for Punjab, who argued for the closure of the case as the state was already in the process of implementing the recommendations made in the two interim reports of the tribunal, and that the Supreme Court had also made an observation that the state had submitted to implement the tribunal’s recommendations.

The tribunal so far has touched the villages in Chandigarh’s periphery of SAS Nagar district only and enlisted 38 villages in its two interim reports, highlighting the murky deals of the panchayat lands in the name of private influential persons.

Senior advocate ML Sarin, assisting the court as amicus curiae, said in the court that there was need for further arguments on the recommendations made in the tribunal and the role of the state government so far, which would lead to subsequent directions from the court.

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