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Vacate six houses by Dec 31, orders SC

Anshu Seth, Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, December 01, 2012
First Published: 01:08 IST(1/12/2012) | Last Updated: 01:11 IST(1/12/2012)

The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the eviction of six houses which were in the illegal possession of president of Danga Peedit Welfare Society, Punjab, Surjit Singh and his associates.

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Also, following the SC orders, five out of six occupants were provided with alternative houses by the district administration. One petitioner was declared ineligible and hence he was not given any alternative accommodation.

Surjit Singh and his associates created fuss by terming the alternative houses to be very small before the SC judge in the hearing scheduled for Friday, to which the SC judge took a strong notice thereby directing the president of Danga Peedit Welfare Society, Punjab, to vacate all six houses which were in their possession illegally by December 31. 

The SC also ordered the DC to oust Surjit Singh and his associates from the houses if they fail to vacate them till December 31.

Surjit Singh and his associates had been served notices for eviction for having taken illegal possession of 19 flats constructed for the victims of 1984 riots in Urban Estate Dugri, Ludhiana.

However, Surjit Singh and his associates had moved Supreme Court in August 2012 asking for the possession of six houses.

The SC in its previous hearings had asked Ludhiana deputy commissioner Rahul Tewari to provide alternative houses to Surjit Singh and his associates and the DC did the needful. However, dissatisfied, Surjit Singh and his associates in the next hearing termed the houses "non-liveable".

Thereafter, the DC asked Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) to renovate and make needed additions, which was done in the given time.

The case dates back to 2010 when some Danga Pedits had filed a writ against "non- allotment" of the in the Punjab and Haryana high court. Thereafter, the DC was asked to expedite the scrutiny of documents and act in accordance to their merit. Having scrutinised the applications, the DC had shortlisted 611 applications in 2010 but 20 allotees even after getting the allotment letters were unable to get the possession of flats as they were in "illegal possession" of Surjit Singh and his group.

As a result, the 20 allottees filed a writ in the Punjab and Haryana high court, which gave the decision in the favour of "bona fide allotees" in July 2012.

However, Surjit Singh and his associates filed a case in the high court for the possession of 13 houses and managed to get a stay.

Flashback
A civil writ petition was field in the high court in 2010 and as per directions, the district administration prepared a list of 7,000 riot victims. Thereafter, another civil writ petition was filed in 2011 and the high court ordered the Ludhiana DC to prepare the final list and allot flats to the genuine victims by November-end.

The district administration, having invited applications of the red-card holders (danga peedits), received 2,000 applications, taking the number of applications to 9,000. As many as 1,000 inquiry officers from various government departments conducted inquiries to check the authenticity of the claimants wherein 4,500 applications were "authentic", 3,000 were "false", while remaining 1,500 were found incomplete.

DC Rahul Tewari said, "We had given a chance to 3,000 applicants, which termed false in respective inquiries and 300 claimed to be authentic. Thus, the administration once again did an extensive check in these 300 cases in addition to the 1,500 incomplete inquiries. The final list approximately comprises 6,000 allottees against 1,008 houses which would be allotted by Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA)."

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