Congress candidate from Patiala Preneet Kaur has written to deputy commissioner Priyank Bharti, who is also the district electoral officer, urging him to immediately look into show cause notices served to residents of Dadhera village in Patiala district for vacating shamlat land.
Preneet claimed that the rural and panchayat development department issued notices to the families who had possession of the land for the last several decades and also had stay orders in their favour from the Punjab and Haryana high court.
As per available information, in show cause notice, Patiala Block development and panchayat officer(BDPO) Harkirat Singh has asked families to brief the reasons behind not vacating the land on April 2.
However, in the writ petition number 1784/1985B, the Punjab and Haryana court on July 5, 2010, pronounced judgment in the favour of possession holders and stayed the vacation of 40 acres of shamlat land.
The notice said that police action would be taken against the families who failed to vacate the land.
“It is the sheer violation of court orders. Government officials have been pressurising possession holder families, who have association with the Congress, to switch loyalties to SAD-BJP candidate or else face action”, Preneet alleged.
She further questioned the timings of serving notice a month before elections. Why didn’t the authorities send such notices earlier? she asked.
“The Punjab and Haryana high court has already adjudicated this in their favour. Officials are fully aware of this and their biased action is liable to attract the contempt of the court proceedings”, Preneet claimed, while demanding that the district election officer to look into the matter immediately.
On the other hand, block development and panchayat officer Harkirat Singh confirmed that the notices had been served to the families to give a reply regarding on what basis they are using government land for their personal usage. “Many of the families, who have illegally possessed government land, approached us on Friday and registered their replies. We are now planning to file another writ petition in the high court against the residents to vacate government land meant for focal point purpose,” he said.