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HindustanTimes Thu,18 Dec 2014

ED summons Ramoowalia’s daughter over land deal

Gurpreet Singh Chhina, Hindustan Times  Fatehgarh Sahib, July 29, 2014
First Published: 11:31 IST(29/7/2014) | Last Updated: 11:43 IST(29/7/2014)

The enforcement directorate (ED) has summoned the chairperson of the SAS Nagar (Mohali) district planning committee, Amanjot Kaur Ramoowalia, who is the daughter of senior Akali leader and former union minister Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, in a case of buying agricultural land in 2010 allegedly against rules while holding Canadian citizenship.

The inquiry was started last year over the land —36 kanal 9 marla in Bhai Rupa village, Bathinda — bought in 2010, and directives have been issued under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) asking her to produce documents to prove if she had Indian citizenship at the time of the land deal.

Documents accessed by HT showed that the land was registered in the name of Amanjot and her father’s gunman Jagtar Singh’s wife Devinder Kaur as a partner.

A senior ED official said that during investigations it was learnt that Amanjot, resident of Sector 33, Chandigarh, could not  buy any land for agriculture, farming and plantation as a non-Indian, and could buy only commercial and residential plots. According to father Ramoowalia, too, she acquired Indian citizenship in 2013.

Sources said the land was bought from a widow, Mandeep Kaur, and as per the registry documents it was worth Rs. 30.3 lakh.

Confirming that she was a Canadian citizen at the time, Amanjot underlined that her partner Devinder was an Indian citizen. She also said that she had bought the land to construct a house but later changed her mind. She said ED directives were issued to her before the Lok Sabha elections too, and she had submitted her reply.

Meanwhile, an application was moved to the agency urging to transfer the case to Jalandhar even as the land deal documents carry Amanjot’s Chandigarh address. About that, Amanjot said her in-laws are from Amritsar and thus she had requested for transfer of the case nearby.

Ramoowalia defended his daughter saying that his gunman Jagtar was also his relative whose wife was a partner in the deal. He said they had already submitted the relevant documents to the ED, and would pay penalty if any violation was detected.

As for Jagtar, husband of deal partner Devinder, he said they had received summons from the ED and had submitted that no case was made out against Devinder as she was Indian.

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