Tuesday, April 17, 2012
News Article: Rajasthan High Court seeks report on minister's interference in anti-encroachment drive
TNN | Apr 17, 2012, 05.51AM IST
JAIPUR: A division bench of Rajasthan High Court comprising Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Meena V Gomber has called for an explanation from the state authorities and the district collector, Kota on alleged illegal interference of UDH minister in the removal of encroachment from a public land.
The order came on a PIL filed by one Ram Kishan alleging that a vast public land in Devli Mattiyan village in Ladpura tehsil in Kota is used as a park for marriages etc. by public at large, but has many encroachments. When on a complaint the local authorities went to remove the encroachments, the UDH minister called up the tehsildar and threatened him to not to remove the encroachments.
"The tehsildar in writing asked the collector to guide as to what should be done and later on the enforcement unit returned without removing the encroachments due the influence of UDH minister Shanti Dhariwal," said the petitioner's counsel. Taking note of the situation, the division bench issued a notice to the revenue department as also the collector, Kota to explain at to why the encroachments were not removed.
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