By: Sanjeev Verma
Kanwar Mohan Singh, a scion of the royal family of Ramgarh in Panchkula district of Haryana whose lineage can be traced back to Chandela Rajputs who ruled in Central India during the medieval period, has landed himself in a soup by claiming over Rs 1 crore compensation twice for the same 100 acres acquired by the Haryana government back in 1989.
On Punjab and Haryana High Court’s directions, the Haryana Advocate General has ordered the state government’s urban estates department to conduct “impartial inquiry” to clarify whether any government officer or the land acquisition officer was involved in handing out “double compensation for the same piece of land twice” to Kanwar Mohan Singh. “If so, then the erring offical ought to be taken to task for the blatant irregularity committed by him,” the Advocate General, Baldev Raj Mahajan, ordered.
It was on April 15, 2006, when Kanwar Mohan Singh got a compensation of Rs 53,78,214 and again Rs 52,56,036 on December 15, 2006, total amounting to Rs 1.06 crore. “The second reference was filed (by Kanwar Mohan Singh) with the view to overreach the court and ultimately to abuse the process of law,” reads, the Advocate General’s communication received by P Raghavendra Rao, Principal Secretary of Urban Estates Department, Haryana.
The HC was surprised to find out that since 2011 the case was pending before it and earlier before the Panchkula District Court and the Land Acquisition Collector or the state officials never pointed out any mistake about the double reference filed by Kanwar Mohan Singh wherein he had claimed compensation twice and this fact was only highlighted by the court. On directions by the HC, the Land Acquisition Officer of Panchkula has admitted that Kanwar Mohan Singh had filed two references and double compensation was paid for the same land. The 100 acres in four villages of Ramgarh, Baba Madanpur, Naggar Mogi Nand and Jhuriwala by the side of National Highway 73 was acquired by the state government vide its notification dated June 26, 1989. The land was used by the Haryana government for developing Sectors 27 and 28 of Panchkula.
The issue came to light when Kanwar Mohan Singh’s own brother and co-owner of the property Raj Kumar Singh, 78, approached the HC seeking stay of the proceedings of Panchkula district court where in Kanwar Mohan Singh had filed a petition in 2011, after 22 years of land acquisition, for amendment allegedly to cover up the fraud of duplication. Raj Kumar Singh had apprised the court that as per Section 18 of the Land Acquisition Act, any change in reference can only be made within six weeks of the award which, in this case was passed in 1989. “The most astonishing point in the present case is that the co-claimant (Raj Kumar Singh) has been left high and dry” and has “never been disbursed compensation in the above case,” reads the petition.