Ten years after acquiring 167 acres in Dhanas and 15 years after the acquisition of 40 acres in Kaimbwala, the UT administration has deposited more than Rs 85 crore for the land with the Sector 43 district courts in compliance with a Punjab and Haryana High Court order.
However, the amount is only a fraction of what the high court had ordered the administration to give. In the 2015 order, the high court had directed the administration to give Rs 91.8 lakh per acre for the Dhanas land and Rs 25,87 lakh per acre for the Kaimbwala land to the litigants instead of the lower amounts it was offering.
As the administration was dragging its feet on complying with the order, the litigants filed for an execution order in the lower court subsequently. Allowing the execution, the court of additional district and sessions judge S K Sachdeva asked the administration to deposit the money.
Of the 40 acres acquired in Kaimbwala, 2 acres belonged
to politician Harmohan Dhawan. “The government had acquired the land in Kaimbwala in 2001 and 2003. The acquired land belonged
to many well known persons like Harmohan Dhawan, Gaganjeet Barnala and the
children of politician Rajinder Kaur Bhattal,” said advocate
P C Dhiman, who is representing Harmohan Dhawan in the case.
The government had acquired 167 acres in Dhanas in 2006. At the time of the acquisition, the government had proposed a payment of Rs 34 lakh per acre for the land acquired in Dhanas and Rs 9 lakh per acre for the land acquired in Kaimbwala. However, the litigants had challenged it in 2003.