The district unit of People's Party of Punjab (PPP) has charged mayor Shawet Malik with flouting change in land use (CLU) norms and using political influence to acquire land for Rajindra Gardens, a marriage palace being run by his family on Court Road. The PPP leaders claimed that information in this regard was collected under the state information act as well as from 'reliable sources'.
The party intends to move court in this regard. Sandy Randhawa, a leader of PPP youth wing told mediapersons that Malik's family had purchased 1,533 square yard of land in October 1960. "It was registered for Rs 27,599 in 2008, whereas the present rate is Rs 50,000 per square yard. Prior to this, the place was being used as a nursery to sell plants," he said.
He alleged that Malik constructed his residence at the spot and did not pay for change of land use (CLU). Randhawa said after repeated attempts to seek information, the MC in a letter dated August 8 revealed that Rajindra Gardens was situated on an area of 7,500 square feet and 15% house tax, which came to Rs 1.33 lakh from 1983-83 to 2011-12 was charged from Malik's family. "This comes to almost Rs 7,400 per year," he said.
Randhawa charged Malik with paying house tax only for 833 yards, adding that the family had been using the rest of the place for running a nursery, which called for paying CLU charges. "The CLU of a hospital at a less significant place was assessed at Rs 12 lakh. Rajindra Gardens marriage palace is in violation of the CLU notification," he averred. Malik could not be contacted for his comment despite repeated attempts.