Monday, July 9, 2012

150 acres shamlat land ‘mutated’ for ex-DGP

Mohali DC Varun Roojam submits probe report to Punjab FCR N S Kang

An inquiry conducted by the Mohali deputy commissioner has found that 150 acres of village common land (shamlat) worth crores of rupees in village Saini Majra near here was mutated in favour of former Punjab DGP P S Gill by the naib tehsildar of Majri block. The report, submitted by Mohali DC Varun Roojam to the Punjab financial commissioner revenue (FCR), also states that the naib tehsildar could not have mutated the land in any private individual’s name. FCR N S Kang has recommended the suspension of the naib tehsildar, Rupinder Mankoo, to the revenue minister on the basis of the report.

It has, however, not been established in the report if the former DGP knew that the land he was getting mutated in his favour was indeed shamlat land or not. It has also not been made clear in the report if any other culpable offense has been committed by the former DGP in the case.

The matter came to light when over a dozen men, led by the former DGP, had tried to establish their possession over this land on May 13. The group of men, some of them in Punjab Police commando uniforms, barricaded entry to the land and razed the boundary wall to the ground. The former DGP was on the spot when the entire exercise was carried out.

While Gill had managed to get the land mutated in his name early this year, Yudhvir Singh and one Daljit Singh Dogra too claimed ownership of the shamlat land and had got the boundary wall constructed. The police later booked two of these persons – Jodh Singh and Khazaan Singh — on the complaint of Yudhvir Singh.

Though the DC’s report mentions that an FIR has been lodged in the case following a dispute over the ownership of the land, the involvement of the former DGP in the dispute has not been established.

Revenue Department sources pointed out that this 157-acre land, in illegal occupation of Dogra, was actually shamlat deh and part of the gairmumkin choe. It belonged neither to Dogra nor to the ex-top cop. The report has now recommended that the land be given back to the village panchayat.

The matter was also discussed during the SSP’s meeting with Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on May 14, following which an inquiry was marked to the FCR into the matter.

Revenue Minister Bikramjit Singh Majithia is now expected to look into the report for further action.

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