Former Supreme Court judge Kuldeep Singh gave consent for heading commission being set up under high court's scanner to inquire into the cases of prominent people who grabbed government land in Chandigarh's periphery. With this development, constitution of a judicial commission/tribunal has moved a step further.
AG Punjab Ashok Aggarwal objected regarding the constitution of commission. However, high court made it clear that it would constitute commission and AG could give his suggestions on the report submitted by amicus curiae (friend of court) Arun Jain. Case would come up for hearing on Wednesday.
After conducting the entire case study, the amicus curiae Arun Jain on Monday apprised the division bench comprising acting chief justice MM Kumar and justice Alok Singh about various irregularities observed by him and suggested for constitution of a judicial commission/tribunal.
The bench observed that it was hearing the case for the last five years and the state had shown "no concrete results" for which "the reasons are obvious why they can't do it."
The bench also made it clear that there would also be need of a retired sessions judge to assist the commission/tribunal in investigating the irregularities.
Jain was also directed by the court to frame terms of reference for the proposed judicial body on which it would carry out the fact finding probe.
The high court on May 17 had appointed Jain as amicus curiae to assist the court after the state chief secretary Rakesh Singh had submitted an affidavit in the court giving a clean chit to all the who's who of Punjab, except seven persons, who owned 60 properties in SAS Nagar. The names of state chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and director general of police Sumedh Singh Saini were also among the landowners who had been given clean chit by the state.
The issue had cropped up after filing of a petition by Nayagaon resident Kuldip Singh, who had alleged that influential people including politicians, IAS and IPS officers had grabbed land in Chandigarh's periphery. Later, Kuldip withdrew the petition but the high court took suo motu notice and proceeded with the matter.