In yet another jolt to ousted Sikh priest Balwant Singh Nandgarh, who was recently removed as jathedar of Takht Damdama Sahib, the police here booked his wife Sukhdev Kaur and 13 others, including three revenue officials, in a land-transfer fraud case upon orders by a court.
The primary allegation, according to complainant Amarjit Kaur, a resident of Talwandi Sabo, is that her land measuring 14 marla, 420 square yards was fraudulently transferred in the name of Sukhdev Kaur and another accused named Veerpal Kaur by revenue officials because the patwari, Jaspal Singh, is a relative of Nandgarh. Besides the patwari, the other two revenue officials in the dock are naib tehsildar Satwant Singh Dhillon and kanungo Inder Singh.
The case registered on January 28 came about after the January 23 orders by sub-divisional judicial magistrate Sucheta Ashees Dev at Talwandi Sabo. The other accused are Veerpal Kaur's husband Rajinder Singh from Talwandi Sabo; Surjit Singh, a councillor in the Talwandi Sabo nagar panchayat; Surjit's mother Sheela Devi from Kothewala Rah village; his brother Satish Kumar; sister Krishna Rani; Paramjit Kaur, Darshana Devi and Anju Rani.
Most of the accused are the family of Gian Chand, the man who originally owned the land in question.
Complainant Amarjit has alleged that she had purchased the land, located on the Talwandi Sabo-Rama Mandi road, from Gian Singh in 1982. But the revenue officials fraudulently showed sons and daughters of Gian Singh as owners of the property and further sold it to Sukhdev Kaur and Veerpal Kaur, it is alleged.
She said she had made several complaints with the police officials, including the station house officer (SHO) of Talwandi Sabo, but to nio avail due to the political clout of accused. Eventually, she approached court. Talwandi Sabo SHO Gursher Singh said on Saturday that arrests would now be made soon.
Nandgarh finds himself in the situation days after he was sacked by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) from the post of jathedar as he had been at loggerheads with the committee over an ongoing controversy regarding adoption of the Nanakshahi calendar.