A CONGRESS councillor and two residents of Desumajra village have been booked on charges of criminal breach of trust, cheating and criminal conspiracy. A case was registered at Kharar Sadar police station on Monday against Radhe Soni, a Congress leader who represents ward no. 12 in Kharar Municipal Council, and two other accused, Bhupinder Singh and Swarn Singh. No arrests were made yet. According to the FIR, the three had allegedly grabbed 2.12 kanal shamlat land (village common land) at Desumajra village near Kharar. The village is also covered by Kharar Municipal Council.
Jasraj Singh Longia, a Sector 70 resident, is the complainant in the case. He is a former Aam Aadmi Party leader who had contested Lok Sabha polls against Harsimrat Kaur Badal from Bathinda parliamentary constituency in 2014. He is currently into social work.
The complainant has alleged that Radhe Soni constructed residential flats on the land in question and subsequently sold them. Jasraj alleged that Bhupinder Singh and his brother Swarn Singh sold a chunk of shamlat land to Radhe Soni in 2012 by misleading the revenue department.
“Bhupinder Singh and his brother Harbans Singh owned a chunk of land adjacent to the shamlat land at Desumajra village. Harbans Singh died in 2006. Bhupinder Singh had the power of attorney for the land in question. Bhupinder and Swarn Singh prepared a fake affidavit and claimed the 2.12 kanal shamlat land as theirs. Then they sold it to Radhe Soni who started a multi-storey housing project — Shimla Apartments — on the same land. When I learnt of this scam, I lodged a complaint with Inspector General of Police (Patiala range) A S Rai earlier this year. He directed Mohali SP H S Atwal to hold a thorough inquiry into the matter. After the inquiry, now directions were given to the area police station for registration of FIR against the accused, Radhe Soni, Bhupinder Singh and Swarn Singh,” Jasraj told Chandigarh Newsline.
The case was registered against the three under sections 406 (criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code.
“I feel that some officials of revenue department and Municipal Council would also be involved in this scandal, which needs to be probed thoroughly,” Jasraj alleged. The investigating officer of the case, Sub-Inspector Harpal Singh, told Chandigarh Newsline that all the accused were at large.