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Procedural lapses in landscam probe

chandigarh Updated: Jun 27, 2012 16:01 IST
Shailee Dogra
Shailee Dogra
Hindustan Times
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An official fact-finding inquiry into the alleged grab of 157 acres of 'shamlat' (the common village land) at Sainimajra village in Kharar tehsil has found that 'girdawari' (cultivation right) of the land was transferred in the name of former director general of Punjab police Paramdeep Singh Gill despite the dismissal of his case by a civil court.

The probe was conducted by sub-divisional magistrate, Kharar, Sukhjit Pal Singh who submitted his report to deputy commissioner, SAS Nagar, last week.

The former Punjab director general of police's name had cropped when a group of armed men took possession of the said land reported to be 'shamlat' on May 13.

Taking note of the incident, financial commissioner (revenue) NS Kang had asked the district administration to report facts of the case.

"The court decree on the basis of which Gill had got 'girdawari' recorded in his name was actually dismissed by the Rupnagar civil court," said the inquiry report accessed by Hindustan Times.
The then naib-tehsildar, Kharar, Rupinder Singh Manku had transferred the land for cultivation in the name of Gill on January 27.

Gill had resigned as the Punjab police chief late last year to contest the assembly elections as Shiromani Akali Dal candidate from Moga assembly constituency.

"The transfer of the land possession was executed on a basis of a civil court decree produced by Paramdeep Singh Gill. However, the court had failed to give any respite as the suit for 'permanent injuction' was dismissed," said the report, pointing procedural lapses in correction of 'girdawari'.

The said decree was pronounced on June 14, 1996.

According to the report, the land in question, as per revenue records, is 'shamlat' land on which no tilling or cultivation can be allowed as it comes under the Punjab Land Prevention Act, 1900.
The current possession of the land is still with Gill.

The report says, "Even though the revenue records indicate that the land is under the possession of the village panchayat, the revenue officials had transferred the land without hearing the said panchayat and giving it an opportunity to put forward its views."

"As per the revenue rules, no such 'girdawari' can be executed without hearing the panchayat and impleading it as party. In the present case, the revenue official ignored panchayat members," the report adds.

Another glaring irregularity pointed in the report is that the land records were not verified and even some of official shown as witnesses in the transfer of land were not actually present on the spot.

The SAS Nagar deputy commissioner has forwarded the inquiry report to the financial commissioner (revenue) for further action.