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Tribunal not subordinate office to any institution,says chairman

Refuses to go into ‘arithmetic’ of meetings held.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: April 30, 2013 4:53 am

Refuses to go into ‘arithmetic’ of meetings held.

Refusing to go into the “arithmetic of the days” of the sittings held by the Judicial Tribunal in the past four months,Justice (retd) Kuldip Singh has submitted that the tribunal is “working satisfactorily”.

Singh is the chairman of the Judicial Tribunal probing alleged illegal properties owned by high-ups in the city’s periphery. A month back,the Punjab and Haryana High Court had sought information from the Punjab government about “details of sittings of the Tribunal in the past four months”.

In response,the Punjab government on Monday filed an affidavit stating that “no record is being maintained at the government level regarding attendance in office of members of the Tribunal”. However,a report in this regard was obtained from secretary to the tribunal. The secretary has forwarded “comments” given by Justice (retd) Kuldip Singh.

Mincing no words,the chairman has stated that the “Tribunal is not a subordinate office to any authority/institution much less the State government”. Singh has also submitted that “it is not possible to lay down any fixed procedure or routine for our functioning”. Reason: “it keeps on varying in view of the professional obligations of the Advocates towards the High Court. Without going into the arithmetic of the days,I say that the Tribunal is functioning satisfactorily towards accomplishing the work entrusted to it by the High Court”.

The tribunal was constituted by the High Court. The tribunal consists of three members including advocate Prem Nath Aggarwal as member and advocate Babu Ram Gupta as legal advisor.

Around 30,000-35,000 registered sale deeds at Karoran (Naya Gaon) village which had come under the scanner of the tribunal were prima facie found to be illegal. The tribunal had also found active connivance of officials of Revenue Consolidation Department in the “land scam”.

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