The state revenue department has reinstated three revenue officers namely tehsildar Jarnail Singh, patwari Iqbal Singh, and kanungo Ranvir Singh (pending inquiry) on Friday. Sources stated the officers were reinstated on the directions of deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal. The suspension was ordered on Tuesday in relation to a property dispute between two influential brothers owing allegiance to Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).
Punjab Health System Corporation (PHSC) vice-chairman Darshan Singh Mand and his younger brother Sher Singh Mand, a Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) member, of Mandwala village in the district, are in a legal tussle over eight acres of land. Six acres of land is in Chandbaja village and two acres is in Mandwala. The land was owned by their brother Didar Singh, who died childless on September 13. The suspension was ordered based on dereliction of duty by the said officers.
Tehsildar Jarnail Singh transferred Chandbaja land equally among both brothers. The case of two acres of land was sent to additional deputy commissioner (ADC) for an inquiry.
“For the past 35 years, Didar was living with me,” Darshan claimed. However, after Didar’s death, Sher Singh was successful in getting ownership for three acres on September 29. The remaining three acres were transferred in Darshan’s name.
Darshan objected to it and claimed that he had announced donation of land to Damdami Taksal after Didar’s death.
“I wanted Damdami Taksal to raise a memorial in his name. Transferring land in Sher’s name is illegal as Didar had left the land to me,” said Darshan. Sources said after Darshan approached Damdami Taksal head and accused tehsildar of entering a land mutation in Sher Singh’s name under political pressure. Taksal leader raised the matter with the state government and revenue officers were suspended.