GURGAON/CHANDIGARH: Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday stayed construction activities at over 20 plots allotted to real-estate firms and private individuals in Sectors 58-63 and Sectors 65-67 of Gurgaon.
The land worth crores of rupees was allotted by Haryana’s department of consolidation and holdings allegedly in gross violation of the law. As per the consolidation act, the panchayat land could not have been sold to private parties.
The allotted plots were consolidated by the department around 40-45 years back. While issuing the directions, a division bench headed by Chief Justice (acting) Jasbir Singh also ordered the state government to depute senior officers to ensure that no construction activity takes place on these plots.
The total land measuring around 24 acres, near Gawal Pahari, was allotted to various Gurgaon-based realtors under consolidation act. The land was allotted in favour of some private realtors by department of consolidation and holdings from 2008 to 2009.
The orders to stay the construction activities were made by the HC while hearing a petition filed by Khusi Ram and residents of the affected villages. The petition was filed in 2010.
The petitioners in this case had sought directions to quash the orders passed by the then director, department of consolidation and holdings, Haryana transferring the panchayat land to realtors.
Meanwhile, senior IAS officer and present director of department of consolidation and holdings Ashok Khemka has also written a letter to the additional chief secretary Haryana cum financial commissioner (Revenue) alleging that his predecessors had allotted the said land in favour of builders without any jurisdiction and in violation of the relevant statute.
In his letter, written on July 25, Khemka had alleged that his predecessors IAS officers SC Goel and Anil Kumar appears to have passed several orders under consolidation act in gross abuse of position by them.
While holding that “involvement of high ups can not be ruled out,” Khemka in his letter has requested the additional chief secretary to probe such transfers of land by an independent agency like CBI. Giving reason of writing the letter on issue, Khemka had expressed that “He was not able to reconcile himself to such gross abuse of authority”.
Khemka had also appeared before the HC on Friday to place on record his letter sent to state government but did not produce it as the court had stayed construction over such land. Now the case has been fixed for further hearing on August 23.