Resort row: Badals necessary party in land acquisition case, claims petitioner

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Oct 16, 2015 11:54 IST
Punjab deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal with CM Parkash Singh Badal. (HT Photo)

The SAS Nagar petitioner, who has challenged the land acquisition for a road at Palanpur village, 20 km from here, leading to a resort partly owned by the ruling Badal family, told the Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday that chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal are a necessary party in the case.

Submitting a counter-reply to the Punjab government averments questioning how the amended petition was signed by the petitioner’s mother, petitioner Juveeza Chadha has submitted that the Badals are “proper and necessary” party as they are direct beneficiaries of the proposed land acquisition and the notice seeking their impleadment had already been issued to other respondents. It is a matter of record that the seven-star luxury hotel (connecting road), has substantial shareholding of Sukhbir Badal and his union minister wife Harsimrat Kaur Badal. Facts contained in the amended writ petition are either reproduction of earlier petition and statements reproduced from government submissions, the court was told.

The court has been told that the petitioner is a doctor working with the United Nations Global Health Policy programme and was in Sweden at the time of filing of the amended petition. Her mother signed it through the power of attorney as she had been associated with Juveeza in the dispute. “There is no inconsistency in the challenge to the acquisition and challenge to the alleged master plan as the acquisition is on account of the change in the master plan and no new facts have been pleaded,” the petitioner argued.

The HC bench of justice Hemant Gupta has posted the matter for October 29.

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