Land grab: Take ex-judge's consent to head panel, says HC
Punjab and Haryana high court today directed amicus curiae Arun Jain to take the consent of former Supreme Court judge Kuldeep Singh to head the commission to be set up to probe the land grabbed in UT periphery by senior politicians and bureaucrats.chandigarh Updated: May 21, 2012 18:33 IST
Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday directed amicus curiae Arun Jain to take the consent of former Supreme Court judge Kuldeep Singh to head the commission to be set up to probe the land grabbed in UT periphery by senior politicians and bureaucrats.
A district judge would also be a member of the proposed commission. The HC also directed Jain to chalk out the terms of reference of the panel. The case would come up for hearing on Tuesday.
On Thursday, dissatisfied with the Punjab government action in the case of land acquired by prominent people in the periphery of Chandigarh, the high court had voiced the need for a court-monitored probe by a commission or tribunal headed by a retired judge.
The HC had asked senior advocate Arun Jain to act as amicus curiae (friend of the court) and sum up the issue by Monday.
The action came after state chief secretary Rakesh Singh finally submitted an affidavit carrying a list of 60 persons, the who's who of Punjab who own land in Punjab's SAS Nagar district adjoining UT.
Seemingly not happy with the affidavit, the HC bench told the state counsel, "Those who are at the helm of affairs, including [the] chief minister, are indulging in such activities […] then how can justice be done [?]… They'll not proceed against themselves."
The court opined that the case should be monitored by the high court "like the 2G spectrum case was being monitored by the apex court", and asked for the entire record to be handed to advocate Jain, who would assist the court.