Some 1,500 farmhouse owners in the Capital, including politicians, retired defence services officers and other prominent figures, have been served show-cause notices for allegedly violating land use norms.
The owners have been asked to give reasons why action under Delhi Land Reforms Act shouldn't be taken against them for using farm land for non-agricultural purposes. They have been summoned to appear before the sub-divisional magistrate later this month.
Meanwhile, Delhi government sources said revenue secretary Vijay Dev, whose department is responsible for issuing the notices, has suddenly been shifted and made Delhi's chief electoral Officer.
But the sources dismissed speculation that Dev's transfer had anything to do with the show-cause notices.
Dev declined to comment on his transfer but confirmed that the revenue department has issued the notices to around 1,500 farmhouse owners. Present and former ministers, their sons, a former Congress MP and a leading lawyer are among those who have been issued notices.
Section 81 of the Delhi Land Reforms Act, 1954, under which the notices have been issued provides for ejection of the allottees for violation of land use norms.
As almost all the owners did not reply to the notices issued in July, the revenue department again issued notices in August.