A Karyam village resident, Manpreet Singh Khara, has challenged the appointment of nambardar Manjinder Singh Walia in the court of Jalandhar divisional commissioner. He has alleged that that Manjinder was an outsider and was not a resident of the village and hence his appointment, made in September 2012, was illegal.
Khara, who was also a candidate for the post of nambardar, alleged that Manjinder submitted 'dubious and contradictory statements' about his educational qualification before the appointing authority, the deputy commissioner. He also claimed that he was in possession of valid ration card and voter card of Karyam village and was conversant with the work of a nambardar.
However, the deputy commissioner appointed Manjinder Singh as namabar, stating that the Nawanshahr tehsildar and SDM had recommended his name in their reports.
However, HT has a copy of the ration card of Manjinder, which states that he is a resident of Mota Singh Nagar of Nawanshahr city. Interestingly, Manjinder has also been booked in a case under the Gambling Act in January 2002.
However, in a statement (a copy is with HT) before Nawanshahr tehsildar, Manjinder chose to deny all these facts.
Khara alleged that the appointment of Manjinder as nambardar was 'political motivated' as Manjinder was an active worker of ruling SAD party and also the president of Nawanshahr Arhytiya Association.
When contacted, Manjinder Singh accepted that he was resident of Nawanshahr. However, he added that he owned land a and a house in the Karyam village. He also admitted that he gave 'false' statements before the tehsildar and the Nawanshahr SDM on his qualification.
He also admitted to being booked in a case, but claimed that he was acquitted by the court of judicial magistrate, Nawanshahr, on May 28, 2009.
Deputy commissioner Tanu M Kashyap said that she had no knowledge of the case, but did state that that a nambar must be a resident of the village that he represents.