The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) has given a written confirmation to the Punjab and Haryana high court that it will not carry out any demolition at Gwal Pahari. Two weeks ago, the civic body had sent notices to a private company and individual plot owners, asking them to vacate the land.
In a notice sent on February 23, the MCG had threatened action if the plots were not vacated in seven days. The notice was sent despite the court’s ordering a stay in the matter two years ago.
The decades-old dispute pertains to the ownership of 464 acres which is currently with 324 claimants, including farmers, residents of Gwal Pahari village, and various individual developers. The village is located off the Gurgaon-Faridabad Road, 15km from Gurgaon in the foothills of the Aravalli forest.
A senior MCG official said the land belonged to the civic body and that was why it sent eviction notices to 324 individuals, including private companies.
“The MCG did not have information about the high court stay. That is why it sent demolition notices to the company in question. The MCG informed the high court via additional advocate general, Haryana, in writing that the notice sent in this regard had been withdrawn,” the MCG official said. No action will be taken against those who have obtained stay from any court till the stay is in force, the official said.
“It is intimated that no demolition activities will be carried out in pursuance of the demolition orders passed on February 23, 2017, till the pendency of the writ in the high court in the above noted case or any other courts,” an MCG statement read.
On February 23, divisional commissioner, Gurgaon, D Suresh had heard the appeal of the MCG which claimed ownership of the land. Earlier, on January 2, the court of former deputy commissioner TL Satyaprakash had heard the appeal of a private company claiming ownership of Gwalpahari land.
The collector’s court had found irregularities in mutation of land and sent its observation to the Haryana government for legal opinion. The MCG later challenged the collector’s order at the court of the divisional commissioner, which justified the civic body’s claim. The MCG sent eviction notices to land owners on the basis of this order.
In July 2014, former financial commissioner of revenue (FCR), Haryana, Yudhvir Singh Malik, had set aside the mutation in favour of MCG as it was ‘forged, fabricated and antedated’.