Kalka shamlat compensation case: Notice issued to former SDM
A Panchkula court has issued notice to former SDM Kalka Vandana Disodia for her views on the closure report filed by CM Flying Squad through Panchkula police into distribution of land compensation worth crores of rupees to private individuals for the acquisition of shamlat land in Kalka tehsil.chandigarh Updated: Jul 14, 2015 09:22 IST
A Panchkula court has issued notice to former SDM Kalka Vandana Disodia for her views on the closure report filed by CM Flying Squad through Panchkula police into distribution of land compensation worth crores of rupees to private individuals for the acquisition of shamlat land in Kalka tehsil.
Disodia is now additional commissioner, road safety, transport department.
Despite accepting complicity of HCS officers in the alleged multi-crore scam, CM flying squad had submitted a cancellation report of one-and-a-half page, ruling out criminal complicity, and recommended only departmental action. It was Disodia who had got the FIR registered after an inquiry that is why the court has called her.
Notably, Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar has already ordered a vigilance inquiry into the case after Panchkula Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) administrator Sanjiv Verma raised the alarm over `346 crore fraud in distribution of compensation for shamlat land to private individuals in both Kalka and Panchkula tehsils.
DISODIA INQUIRY OF KALKA VILLAGES
Disodia found out that how within a few days, the tehsil officials intimated about the share of people on shamlat land in violation of rules to LAO HUDA and also compensation was distributed in no time. Otherwise, the process of deciding shares of individuals on shamlat land takes time as the shareholders need to be issued notices and record of consolidation of village has to be taken into account.
The shares were declared by the office of the Kalka tehsildar without collector’s order in violation of section 13A of the Punjab Village Common Land Act. Under the law, the collector is competent to adjudicate the claim in a suit filed before him pertaining to right or title of a shamlat land.
Also, as per Rule 71 of the Punjab Land Revenue Rules, the “list of co-sharers shall not be prepared and supplied without the previous sanction of the collector unless required in connection with a revenue civil or criminal case.”
The office of Kalka tehsildar prepared the list of co-shares within 2 days in Manakpur Nanakchand after a request from LAO HUDA in August 2009. Just after 4 days the amount of compensation was distributed.
Similarly, for village Dhamala, the office of Kalka Tehsildar took 6 days in forwarding a list of co-sharers after the request came from office of LAO HUDA in July 2009. In November, 2009, the compensation was distributed.
For village Surajpur too, two days were enough to devise the list of co-sharers in August 2009. Here the amount of compensation was distributed in December 2009. For Rajjipur, 6 days were taken in sending the list of co-sharers to LAO office in July, 2009. The amount of compensation was distributed the next month in August 2009 and then in November, 2011.
“The lack of supervision resultantly led to distribution of crores of rupees to illegal proprietors. Not only this connivance between the offices of LAO Panchkula and Tehsildar Kalka cannot be overruled and smells foul of deep rooted conspiracy,” says Disodia in her report.
In village Milk, the irrigation department acquired land for Kaushalaya Dam. The office of Tehsildar Kalka, while preparing the list of co-sharers, had mentioned the total land as Shamlat Deh. But as per the revenue record, the ownership was that of Nagar Sabha. So, the compensation was thus distributed among the wrong persons which should have actually gone to the panchayat department.
Haryana Lokayukta had ordered for a probe from a high-level committee on May 13, 2013.
CM FLYING SQUAD VERSION
The report mentioned that neither bad intention nor any evidence regarding exchange of bribes came out between officials and beneficiaries. It has also mentioned that no one from the villages concerned complained about distribution of compensation and recommended only departmental action despite huge losses to exchequer.
LIST OF THOSE INVOLVED AS PER DISODIA’S REPORT
Dinesh Singh Yadav, HCS, who was LAO
DR Kairon, HCS, who was LAO
Ishwar Chand, then posted as Tehildar Kalka
Singh Ram, Kanungo, then posted in Tehsildar Kalka office
Surender, then Naib Tehsildar, LAO office
Dhoop Singh, then Naib Tehsildar, LAO office