Haryana under scanner for ‘releasing’ plots; HC seeks records

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked the Haryana government to submit information with regard to properties that had been resumed by the state and a list of plots that were ordered to be resumed,but were later released by the state,within a month.

Written by RAGHAV OHRI | Chandigarh | Published: October 24, 2012 12:38:40 am

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked the Haryana government to submit information with regard to properties that had been resumed by the state and a list of plots that were ordered to be resumed,but were later released by the state,within a month

After the land acquisition policy,it is the alleged illegal resumption and release of plots by the Haryana government that has come under the scanner of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Taking serious view of the allegations of the pick and chose policy adopted by the Haryana government in resuming and releasing properties of people in Haryana,the court asked the government to submit information with regard to properties that had been resumed by the state.

Also,the court has sought a list of such plots,which were ordered to be resumed but were later released by the state. The reasons for release of such properties have also been sought by the court. The court stated that if the data was not presented within a month,the chief administrator of Haryana Urban Development (HUDA) would have to appear before the court,on the next date of hearing.

The directions were passed,last week,by a division bench headed by Justice Jasbir Singh of the High Court. As per the petitioner,Singh,a resident of Gurgaon,was allotted a plot by HUDA in Sector 10,Gurgaon,in 1998.

As per the rules,Singh was to pay 75 percent of the money within three years. Having failed to do so,Singh received resumption notices from HUDA in 2001. Aggrieved,Singh moved a representation to HUDA authorities requesting them not to resume his property.

The representation was dismissed by HUDA. Singh filed an appeal and challenged the resumption orders. However,all his representations and appeals were dismissed by the HUDA authorities.

As a result,Singh moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court in 2010. When the petition came up for resumed hearing,last week,counsel Surya Prakash demonstrated the arbitrary attitude of HUDA. Prakash alleged that while the plot had been ordered to be resumed,similar plots in the petitioner’s neighbourhood had not been resumed for reasons known to HUDA authorities.

Prakash further alleged that in several cases,people had failed to make the payments for their plots,but HUDA did not resume the properties. Taking stock,the court has directed HUDA to furnish data with regard to the plots that were ordered to be resumed in the state in the past three years,plots released and the reasons for release.

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