Shamlat land compensation: HCS officer Kairon held, sent to jail
In a significant development, DR Kairon, a Haryana Civil Service (HCS) officer, has been arrested by the local police for his alleged involvement in distribution of land compensation worth crores of rupees to private individuals in lieu of the shamlat land acquired in Kalka tehsil.chandigarh Updated: Jul 16, 2015 11:49 IST
In a significant development, DR Kairon, a Haryana Civil Service (HCS) officer, has been arrested by the local police for his alleged involvement in distribution of land compensation worth crores of rupees to private individuals in lieu of the shamlat land acquired in Kalka tehsil.
DR Kairon, who was posted as the land acquisition officer when the scam had taken palce, was arrested on the direction of a Kalka court. Currently posted as SDM, Ferozepur Jhirka, Kairon was sent to judicial custody till July 29 and his bail application is listed for July 18.
HOW THINGS UNFOLDED IN COURT
Former Kalka SDM Vandana Disodia appeared before the court to record her statement on the closure report filed by CM Flying Squad through Panchkula police into the multicrore scam. Disodia had got an FIR registered after an inquiry in which she had indicted two HCS officers, along with four other officials. Ignoring her findings, the CM Flying Squad, however, had submitted a oneand-a-half-page cancellation report, ruling out criminal complicity, and recommending only departmental action.
Disodia, who is now additional commissioner, road safety, transport department, refused to accept the report filed by the Flying Squad on the ground that there was no mention of the revenue records. she also objected to the assertions that the procedure it was in practice for long.
Though not summoned by the court, DR Kairon was present. On being asked about his credentials, Kairon told that court that he was one of the accused in the case. Subsequently, the court passed orders to arrest him and issue summons to other accused involved in the case to be present on the next hearing on July 29.
POLICE APPLICATION TURNED DOWN
Assistant commissioner of police (ACP), Kalka, also moved an application for re-investigation of the case, which was turned down. The court will now begin the trial of the case on the basis of report submitted by Disodia.
DISODIA INQUIRY OF KALKA VILLAGES
Disodia’s report pointed out how within a few days, the tehsil officials intimated about the share of people on shamlat land in violation of rules to the land acquisition officer, HUDA, and subsequently compensation was distribursed. Otherwise, the process of deciding shares of individuals on shamlat land takes time as the shareholders need to be issued notices and record of consolidation of village has to be taken into account.
The shares were declared by the office of the Kalka tehsildar without collector’s order in violation of Section 13A of the Punjab Village Common Land Act. Under the law, the collector is competent to adjudicate the claim in a suit filed before him pertaining to right or title of a shamlat land.
Haryana vigilance bureau has constituted a special investigation team (SIT) comprising DIG Rajinder Kumar, two inspectors and tehsildar to investigate the matter.
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal on June 26 had ordered a vigilance inquiry to probe irregularities committed in disbursement of compensation for the acquired Shamlat land of various villages in Panchkula district from 1998 to 2014.