Mewat panchayat land transferred to Gurgaon woman,50 yrs after consolidation

In a probe conducted by the Haryana Department of Consolidation of Holdings into the transfer of prime panchayat land in Mewat district — the then director general (Consolidation of Holdings) S C Goel had transferred the land to one Medha.

Written by Varinder Bhatia | Chandigarh | Published: September 18, 2012 5:50 am

In a probe conducted by the Haryana Department of Consolidation of Holdings into the transfer of prime panchayat land in Mewat district — the then director general (Consolidation of Holdings) S C Goel had transferred the land to one Medha,a Gurgaon resident,in November,2008 — it has found that the land could not have been transferred since Medha was not an inhabitant of the village where land was transferred in her name and that too 50 years after the consolidation proceedings had ceased.

The case pertains to gram panchayat Sehsola’s land in Mewat,which was transferred in Medha’s name,while she was a resident of Gurgaon. The transfer was challenged in the Punjab and Haryana High Court,which quashed it. However,Medha challenged the court order,following which the Department of Consolidation of Holdings,recently filed a reply in the high court,stating the factual position on the case.

According to the department,S C Goel,in 2008,had transferred a chunk of land of Sehsola gram panchayat in favour of Medha. The department found Medha had purchased an altenative piece of land in the village through six sale deeds — while five were dated February 24,2006,the sixth was dated May 29,2006. All the six mutations were sanctioned in one day — July 12,2006. The panchayat land,which was finally transferred to Medha,was consolidated over four decades ago and the consolidation proceedings had already ceased in 1962-63.

Medha came into the picture in 2006 when she started purchasing alternative land in lieu of which,prime land was exchanged and transferred in her name by S C Goel. The petitioner became the landowner after nearly 50 years of the consolidation proceedings and still received benefits under the land exchange scheme.

The current Director General (Consolidation of Holdings) Ashok Khemka has apprised the high court that as Medha became the landowner after almost 45 years of the consolidation proceedings,she was not entitled to any relief under the scheme of consolidation. Khemka has also pointed out that as per the mutations of the land purchased by Medha,she was a resident of Gurgaon and hence not an inhabitant of Sehsola village at the time when the land belonging to the gram panchayat was transferred in her name.

This comes in the wake of a similar case pertaining to transfer of panchayat land by director generals (Consolidation of Holdings),in which the high court had recently slammed Haryana cadre IAS officers S C Goel (posted as Special Secretary,Irrigation) and Anil Kumar (posted as Home Secretary,Chandigarh) and also quashed the land transfer orders passed by these officers.

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