Punjab revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia on Monday said the state government was not against the Justice Kuldip Singh tribunal that had been probing transactions of panchayat, shamlat deh and other government lands in villages till July.
Majithia also produced a copy of an affidavit submitted by the state financial commissioner revenue (FCR) in the Punjab and Haryana high court, stating that action would be taken against the officials found involved in illegal land transactions as per the tribunal findings.
When asked why the state had then moved the Supreme Court against the high court orders of constituting the tribunal last year, Majithia said it was a step to safeguard the ongoing transactions of shamlat deh lands "in public interest".
"We stand by our affidavit," he said, pointing out that the special leave petition (SLP) had been filed in the apex court to overcome certain handicaps such as high court orders to halt shamlat and other such government land transactions.
He said the Supreme Court had only set aside the high court stay on such transactions.
The state government had wound up the tribunal office in July in the absence of any extension to the tribunal's tenure by the high court. The panel submitted its second interim report in the court in mid-July.