The local Improvement Trust has resumed the site allotted for a dispensary/nursing home to Municipal Council president Amarjit Singh Satyal, who belongs to the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), for allegedly committing violations by building his residence on the plot.
The trust, at its meeting chaired by deputy commissioner-cum-Improvement Trust chairman Pardeep Kumar Aggarwal, decided to resume the site on Wednesday. The Punjab government approved the decision on Thursday.
Satyal, who became the MC chief in 2008, had purchased a 2,228 sq-yard plot meant for the construction of a dispensary/nursing home in the local Giani Zail Singh Nagar from the trust in November 2004 through an auction. However, he allegedly built a house at the site.
Municipal councillors Varinder Chaudhary Toni, Bawa Singh, Gurmukh Singh, Harjit Kaur and Rachna Lamba had lodged a complaint to the local government department in 2010 regarding alleged violations committed by Satyal in construction of the house and misusing his official position as the council president.
On the complaint, the secretary, local government, had issued a showcause notice to Satyal in November 2010 as to why he should not be removed from the office for misusing his powers after the vigilance wing of the department indicted him in an inquiry. However, no further action was taken against Satyal by the secretary after the issuance of the notice.
Later, Chaudhary (an Independent councillor) died, following which SAD-BJP councillors had moved the Punjab and Haryana high court against the secretary's failure to take further action. The court had ordered the secretary to dispose of the matter within two months.
After the secretary failed to do the needful, a councillor again initiated contempt of court proceedings in the HC. The date of hearing of the contempt petition was fixed for May 31 (Friday). In view of the contempt proceedings, the trust finally acted and resumed the site.
Satyal termed the trust's decision as unfair and politically motivated. He claimed that all violations pointed out by the trust had been removed. He said an amended site plan was sent to the district town planner for approval. However, the trust had resumed the property without waiting for the site plan's approval.
Satyal said he would file an appeal against this decision within the stipulated 60 days before the secretary, local government department.