A day after The Indian Express reported that a high powered committee has found that Punjab DGP Sumedh Singh Saini and five other senior officers own parts of the village common land (shamlat/ mushtarkan malkan),the Dal Khalsa asked the state to clear its stand on the top cop.
Both Chief Minister PS Badal and his son and deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal should explain to the masses weather they will take action against the DGP or still feel that Saini is the best officer for top post, the party asked.
In a statement,party spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh said there never was a doubt about the tainted and controversial past of the Punjab DGP. Saini never operated within the ambit of law while dealing with militants or the common man. Him violating the law of the land was never a secret,but the Badals didnt want to see it, Kanwar Pal alleged.
Quoting the reported findings of high-powered committee set-up by the state government,he said not only the illegally occupied properties of these people should be vacated but they should also be prosecuted for making a mockery of the law. Pal said that such people had no right to remain in high offices.
He also said that fair and proper action would not be possible so long as these people continue to hold offices.
Earlier,a committee,formed to probe the nature of land owned by 60 VIPs in Chandigarhs periphery,found that apart from these six officers,two others – retired bureaucrat JS Kesar and former SSP,G S Pherurai – owned land which,according to the revenue records,is still part of the village shamlat deh.
Selling and buying of shamlat deh land by private individuals is illegal under the Punjab Village Common Land (Regulations) Rules,1964. Also division and subsequent sale of jumla mushtarkan malkan land is illegal under The East Punjab Holdings (Consolidation and Prevention of Fragmentation) Act,1948. Any such land deal amounts to the buyer having committed fraud with the village panchayat which is the custodian of all such lands.