THE PUNJAB government on Thursday objected to an amended petition, moved by NRI Juveeza Chadha through power of attorney, in which she has impleaded Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal as party to the case against the acquisition of land for construction of a 100-feet wide road leading to the upcoming Metro Eco Green Resorts at Palanpur village in SAS Nagar district.
The resort is owned by Sukhbir Singh Badal and his wife, Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur. The petitioner Juveeza Chadha has challenged acquisition of 7 kanal and 19 marla of land, which belongs to her.
The court was informed by the state government that the amended petition is not maintainable and deserves to be dismissed. Taking the reply, the court posted the case for next hearing on October 15 and said that the interim stay order on acquisition of the petitioner’s land would continue.
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The state government submitted that the petitioner is trying to implead additional respondents in the case and is trying to establish malafide with reference to the state of mind or conduct of certain government officials. In such circumstances, the person concerned alone can give evidence and not an attorney holder.
The court was informed that the affidavit submitted by Damini Chadha, as a general power of attorney of the
petitioner, does not satisfy the requirements of law.
The state government had earlier also submitted that merely because the Deputy Chief minister is holding shares of private limited company in his individual capacity, it cannot be a ground to implead him as a party especially, when application for impleading the company as a respondent has already been filed.