November 20, 2010 6:23:44 am
Division Bench turns down Chander Shekhars offer to continue as IO after retirement
A total of 98 persons are yet to furnish information about property owned by them,as demanded by Punjab Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Chander Shekhar. Shekhar is investigating a case pertaining to alleged illegal land acquisition by top position-holders,including IAS and IPS officers and politicians.
26 IAS,4 PCS,3 IA and AS,12 IRS officers,20 representatives of the people and 31 other civil officers/ department heads are yet to furnish details of property belonging to them in the capital periphery,reads the interim report submitted by Shekhar to the Punjab and Haryana High Court. A division bench comprising Justice A K Goel and Justice Nirmaljit Kaur of the High Court today turned down an offer made by Shekhar to continue as investigating officer (IO) of the case after his retirement. Shekhar retires on November 30.
The decision was taken by the Bench after Punjab Additional Advocate General (AAG) N K Sanghi submitted that a new officer will be appointed by the State in 10 days. Accepting the submission made by the law officer,the Bench has directed Shekhar to submit the report prepared by him so far on or before November 30 to the Chief Secretary of Punjab. The Bench has directed the State to complete the probe positively in four months and submit the final investigation report on April 15,2011.
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Shekhar has further submitted that there are a total of 2,455 violators of Forest Laws in the periphery of Chandigarh,out of which action has been taken only against 690. The progress of prosecution against the violators is very slow, reads the interim report.
The inquiry officer has further submitted that the Punjab Intelligence Wing has disclosed 49 nami properties belonging to high-ups. On examination,it has been noticed that some of the properties reported,do not tally with the revenue records made available by the concerned department to the Inquiry Officer. The information supplied is incomplete and not in accordance with the required format. No benaami property of high-ups,police and non-police officers has been mentioned. No report has been received from the Punjab Vigilance Bureau till date, reads the report.
According to information supplied by the Deputy Commissioner,SAS Nagar,a total of 522 illegal/ unauthorised constructions in the capital periphery have been made by individuals/ societies. Since the information does not depict the occupation of individuals,therefore the matter is under scrutiny of the inquiry officer to trace out the farm houses of various high-ups,police and non-police officers, reads the report.
In total,122 complaints referred by the Greater Mohali Urban Development Authority (GMADA) for registering cases against illegal/ unauthorised colonisers are pending for registration of cases. Illegal colonies are increasing day by day. Terefore,strict action is required to be taken against the illegal colonisers, Shekhar appealed to the High Court.
Referring to violations by members of illegal residential societies,Shekhar submitted that the amendment of the affidavits/ by-laws was made during the course of the enquiry by the Punjab Registrar of Cooperative Societies. But it is very surprising that instead of providing the required information relating to the inquiry,a remedy was dug out and an amendment was issued by the Registrar of Co-operative Societies,Punjab,wherein the contents/ format of the affidavit was changed to their convenience. This issuance was intentional,just to help and benefit all the members of various societies who had violated the by-laws enforced at that time by giving false information in the shape of affidavits.
In pursuance of the direction of the High Court to constitute special task forces for restoration of government land under illegal possession,Shekhar submitted that after the constitution of the task force,a total area of 1655 acres of land has been detected to be under illegal possession with a total of 897 cases registered against various violators.
Illegal possessions on Govt land/premises of various departments
Municipal Council,Zirakpur: 51.32 acres; Municipal Council,Kharar,48 acres,1 kanal and 15 marlas; Municipal Council,Dera Bassi: 24 acres,1 kanal,1 marla; Municipal Council,Kurali: 82 kanals,19 marlas; Municipal Council,Banur 123.64 acres; District Education Officer,SAS Nagar 4 kanals,18 marlas; SDO (B),GMADA,Mohali 47 acres,5 kanals; Civil Surgeon,SAS Nagar 5 quarters,tubewell bore and two acres; Deputy Director,Animal Husbandry,SAS Nagar 2 kanals; SDO,Patiala Drainage,Sub Division Patiala 3 bighas and 15 biswas; Tehsil Kharar,227 kanals of provincial government ; Tehsildar,SAS Nagar,8 acres; Tehsildar,Dera Bassi 24 acres,14 kanals.
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