Punjab

High Court restrains release of possession of government land

By Shefali Kohli -- May 25, 2022 8:43 am -- Updated:May 25, 2022 11:15 am

Chandigarh, May 25

: The Punjab and Haryana High Court stayed a letter issued by Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann seeking release of possession of government land citing a press release.

In a village of Ropar, the government land of the canal department has been asked not to be vacated. In this case, the High Court has even said that such action is not permitted in the eyes of the law.

ਪੰਜਾਬ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਨੂੰ ਝਟਕਾ, ਸਰਕਾਰੀ ਜ਼ਮੀਨ ਤੋਂ ਕਬਜ਼ਾ ਛੁਡਵਾਉਣ 'ਤੇ ਹਾਈ ਕੋਰਟ ਨੇ ਲਗਾਈ ਰੋਕ

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It is therefore strictly instructed that the officers and employees of the department would take possession of the government land on the spot and if the possession was not relinquished as per the orders issued by the Chief Minister of Punjab from 31st May onwards. Since illegal possession has been made, due compensation will be taken and appropriate departmental action will be taken.

Such a remark by the High Court bench has raised a big question mark on the legality of the Punjab government's campaign and is a major setback for the government.

ਪੰਜਾਬ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਨੂੰ ਝਟਕਾ, ਸਰਕਾਰੀ ਜ਼ਮੀਨ ਤੋਂ ਕਬਜ਼ਾ ਛੁਡਵਾਉਣ 'ਤੇ ਹਾਈ ਕੋਰਟ ਨੇ ਲਗਾਈ ਰੋਕ

In a letter issued by the department to three persons of a village in Ropar, the SDO of the canal department said that as per the orders issued by the Punjab Chief Minister through media and newspapers in the public interest, their (petitioners') land has been illegally occupied and Strict instructions are issued to the officers and employees of the department on Monday 23rd May to take possession of the government land on the spot and if the occupation is not relinquished then as per the orders issued by the Punjab Chief Minister after 31st May, when Illegal possession has been taken from him, his due compensation will be taken and due departmental action will be taken

The same letter was challenged in the High Court by the occupier named Harjinder Singh and the hearing was fixed for Monday. The next hearing of the case is scheduled for January 17, 2023, meaning that the department will not be able to remove the occupation of this government land at that time.

ਪੰਜਾਬ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਨੂੰ ਝਟਕਾ, ਸਰਕਾਰੀ ਜ਼ਮੀਨ ਤੋਂ ਕਬਜ਼ਾ ਛੁਡਵਾਉਣ 'ਤੇ ਹਾਈ ਕੋਰਟ ਨੇ ਲਗਾਈ ਰੋਕ

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It may be recalled that a case has been filed in the High Court regarding the land occupied by Harjinder Singh and the High Court had directed the department to issue a speaking order in this regard but only under the campaign launched by the government Harjinder Singh has also stated in the petition that the department has not issued any speaking order before this letter.

-PTC News

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