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HC stays construction on ‘encroached’ panchayat land by Bibi Jagir Kaur

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, August 11, 2014
First Published: 23:47 IST(11/8/2014) | Last Updated: 07:49 IST(12/8/2014)

The Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday put a stay on construction activities being carried out by Bholath MLA and former Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Bibi Jagir Kaur allegedly on encroached-upon 20 acres of Begowal nagar panchayat land worth Rs. 100 crore despite a high court notice to the MLA.

The orders came from the court headed by justice K Kannan on an application moved by the petitioner, Begowal nagar panchayat resident George Subh, in an already pending case on the issue in which the court had already issued a notice of motion to the MLA, her daughter Rajneet Kaur and son-in-law Bhupinder Singh on May 30. The case would now come up for the next hearing on October 28.

The petitioner has sought the high court directions for getting the case probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and to raze illegal construction on the land so as to restore the land back to the nagar panchayat. Kush has also alleged that though a complaint on the issue is pending with the state lokpal since October 2011, he had failed to take any action on the complaint till date. He has also alleged that MLA’s son-in-law and daughter are also beneficiaries of the land.

It was alleged that most part of the land is being used for agricultural purposes and some part is being utilised to run the Sant Prem Singh Khalsa high school that is receiving 95% grant-in-aid from the state government. The MLA is also president of the school.

The court was informed that in August 2009, then Bholath MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira had sought information under the Right To Information (RTI) Act from the nagar panchayat and it was informed that there was no record of any lease of the land under question. Thereafter, in 2010, Khaira also sent detailed representations to the state chief secretary and the Kapurthala deputy commissioner to take action but to no avail. Lastly, the petitioner approached the state Lokpal in 2011 but till date no action has been taken, the petitioner has submitted.

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