Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Judicial tribunal to probe encroachment cases against CM Badal

Source: Bhaskar News

Chandigarh: The High Court has ordered the formation of a special Judicial Tribunal to probe land encroachment cases against Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal, DGP Sumedh Singh Saini and other big shot politicians. HC has directed the Justice(Retd) Kuldeep Singh to head the Judicial Tribunal for an unbiased probe.

The Punjab & Haryana High Court, on Tuesday, ordered the tribunal to submit case reports in every four months. The court ordered a probe under the tribunal to establish whether the land possessed by the top politicians including CM Badal and DGP Sumedh Singh Saini was ever public, shamlat or common-land.

The court’s order came after a PIL was filed pertaining to grabbing and encroachment on shamlat/common land by the high-ups in the UT periphery. The cases will now come up for hearing on May 28.

The High Court had questioned the ‘clean chit’ given by the Punjab government to its ‘elite group’ of 60 high-ups. The court had raised eyebrows over the change in entries of land from public to private, owned by 60 high-ups in the periphery of Chandigarh.

The High Court bench refused to believe the investigation undertaken by the Punjab government to be transparent and fair. It further made it clear that the probe would be conducted by a Judicial Tribunal headed by Justice(Retd) Kuldeep Singh.

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