Residents of Sirsa have approached the Punjab and Haryana high court alleging the former local bodies minister, Gopal Goyal Kanda having played a fraud with them by persuading them to withdraw petition from the high court in 2009 by promising them allotment plots in auto market but till date the promise had not been fulfilled.
The petition filed by Karanjit Singh and 129 others came up for hearing before the division bench headed by justice Hemant Gupta on Friday which issued the notice of motion to the Haryana government to submit its reply before September 17.
It was submitted that in 1987, local bodies department had approved construction of auto-cum-commercial market in Sirsa city with allotment of 982 plots.
Applications from the persons in the business of automobile in Sirsa city were invited. But the municipal committee, Sirsa allotted plots through draw system by not following the guidelines issued by the state government and the plots were allotted to persons who were not entitled including ladies who were not in automobile business through “pick and choose policy”, it was alleged.
“12 plots were allotted to municipal commissioners/former municipal commissioners and 11 plots to the journalists,” the court was informed. The petitioners, who had submitted the registration fees, then made their representations to the various authorities. Again the auction was done but they were not considered.
In 1995, the sub divisional magistrate Sirsa in his inquiry report mentioned that “all the officers/officials posted at the time of allotment are responsible for not following the government instructions.” Inspite of enquiry, no action was taken by the authorities to cancel the illegal allotments and thereafter Hazara Ram and others approached the high court through public interest litigation and the court put stay on allotment of plots in 1997.
Thereafter, the then local bodies minister Gopal Goyal Kanda persuaded the petitioners to withdraw the petition on the pretext that till the stay was not vacated by the high court, the government would not be in a position to allot the plots to anyone in auto market, the petitioners informed. They further added that though all the petitioners withdrew the case but till date they had not been allotted the plots.