Even as alleged land grabbing by a BJP councillor has taken a political colour with both the Congress and BJP blaming each other, for the son of widow Bimla Devi, it is a battle for his dead father’s hard-earned money.
Arun Sharma, son of 71-year-old Bimla Devi, is unhappy with the case becoming a political controversy. “They all are busy giving the issue a political colour. We don’t care who is demanding whose resignation. In fact, we don’t even want their interference. We just want our plot back as it was bought using my father’s retirement money,” said Sharma, whose father was a government official and passed away in 2008.
After an FIR was lodged against councillor Satish Kainth on March 14 for committing fraud, the Congress held a press conferences and demanded the resignation of Mayor Arun Sood and expulsion of Kainth. Then an audio clip — purportedly a telephone conversation between Sood and widow’s counsel Mukesh Mittal wherein the latter is heard telling the former to come to his place with Kainth for a compromise — stirred another controversy. Sood, however, claimed that it was petty politics in which he was being dragged.
The aggrieved family would often visit Chandigarh from Faridabad to see their plot at Hallo Majra. Only four walls had been constructed by the family on their plot.
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In 2015, Bimla Devi had come with her son from Faridabad when she was shocked to see that a house had come up on their plot and people were staying there. “We enquired from people and they said it was councillor’s plot. My mother got a shock after hearing that and she remained ill. When we asked the councillor, he said it was his house. We did not know what to do after all it was a politician on the other side,” said Sharma.
Realising that there was no hope of getting his plot back, Sharma then filed a complaint with the police on August 5, 2015. When nothing was done, he approached the Chandigarh Administration.
“Despite demolition of the house ordered by the estate office, nothing has been done,” added Sharma.
However, Gagan Aggarwal, counsel of Kainth, said that it was a political conspiracy against his client. “If the case is properly investigated, no role of Kainth will be established. It is a political conspiracy against him. His name is being dragged because he is a councillor,” said Aggarwal.