Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP,Birender Singh,is facing legal heat after a group of villagers from Jind district moved Punjab and Haryana High Court alleging that the Haryana government has initiated a process to acquire 103 acres land to benefit Singh.
Hearing the petition,filed by Uchana village residents,a division bench headed by Justice Hemant Gupta,on Thursday,issued notices to Singh and Haryana government seeking their replies in fopur weeks time.
The villagers have have alleged that despite having three grain markets in the village,the Haryana government,initiated the land acquisition process three months ago to construct a new grain market.
The villagers have alleged that land being acquired falls within three kilometers of an educational institute being run by the Congress MP in Jind and will be developed at the state expense thus benefiting Singh.
They have also alleged that of the total land proposed to be acquired,the government deliberately did not acquire 27 acres belonging to two persons close to the Congress MP.
Also,the petitioners have alleged that Singh has used his political clout and influence to get the land,belonging to two persons (one of them former MC Commissioner),released.
The villagers have demanded that the acquisition proceedings be quashed and their land be restored. The Haryana government,last month,had issued a notification under Section 6 of the Land Acquisition Act (amount of land to be finally acquired).