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Punjab Lokpal orders inquiry against former SGPC chief, CM

chandigarh Updated: Aug 29, 2011 20:01 IST

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Punjab Lokpal on Monday ordered an inquiry into complaint on "illegal occupation" of prime government land in Kapurthala district by former SGPC chief Jagir Kaur at the alleged behest of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal.

Lokpal Justice (Retd) D S Dhaliwal directed that an inquiry officer of the rank of IG should submit a report within a month's time, officials said in Chandigarh.

Complainant George Shubh, of Kapurthala district, had recently filed a petition before the Lokpal alleging that 12 acres of prime government land of Nagar Panchayat, Begowal estimated to have a market price of Rs 100 crore had been illegally occupied by Kaur, who is also chairperson of Kapurthala District Planning Board.

The Lokpal recorded the statement of the complainant while ordering the inquiry.

The complainant had also alleged that Kaur had the backing of Badal on the issue.

The petition said that Kaur had been running a private school in an area of around two acres and constructed a six foot high boundary wall.

It said that the government was providing 95% grant in aid to run the school.

"The grant in aid is being misused and 500 children studying in the school are not getting basic facilities. Fees had been collected from them and deposited in Kaur's private account," the petition alleged.

Besides, Kaur had given top position to her daughter and son-in-law in the school administration, it claimed while maintaining, "The chief minister is shielding Kaur in the misuse of government land."

Congress MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira had made a complaint in this regard to the state chief secretary on June 23, 2010 on which the government did not take any action.

"All this illegal occupation of government land is at the behest of Badal who went to Begowal in 2009 to lay the foundation stone of the school," Khaira said, adding that, "Badal's action was to indicate to authorities that no one should take action against anyone on the issue".