A land deal to build a 100-room hotel in the Walled City has been blocked by the Delhi government after the reported involvement of a land mafia and a Dubai-based hotel chain in grabbing land.
The properties in question were “enemy property”, a term used to describe those that were vacated after the owners moved to Pakistan during Partition in 1947.
According to Central rules, the government has the
first claim on such disputed properties.
Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Tejendra Khanna recently cleared a proposal to declare them government properties.
The Custodian General of Enemy Properties (Mumbai) who looks after all such properties all over India had send Delhi government a list of 200 properties in Delhi.
“It had filed a complaint with the Delhi government that some private parties were trying to convert or claim these properties and asked them to restore these properties to GOI,” said Ranjan Mukherjee, Officer on Special Duty to the L-G. “The revenue department pursued the matter and sent a request to the L-G. The L-G has cleared it.”
The name of a Delhi legislator was doing the rounds in this connection. This was officially not confirmed.
“We froze the deal after it was found that some part of the required transactions were done by an attorney in Pakistan which cannot be valid in India,” Delhi Revenue Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan was quoted by PTI as commenting on the hotel deal. Chauhan did not respond to repeated phone calls and messages from HT.
The Delhi government is reportedly considering a high-level probe into the matter.
Mailtoday had reported on Sunday that the L-G had cleared a proposal to order a CBI probe against the said legislator, but officials at the L-G office did not confirm this. Sources said the file had no mention of the MLA’s name or a CBI inquiry.
“I don’t really know about this. I have only seen the report in the paper,” said Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit.