IAS officers in the dock for land exchange

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday came down on two senior IAS officers for allegedly facilitating exchange of prime land belonging to panchayats to private builders in Gurgaon.

Written by RAGHAV OHRI | Chandigarh | Published: July 24, 2012 2:23:37 am

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday came down on two senior IAS officers for allegedly facilitating exchange of prime land belonging to panchayats to private builders in Gurgaon.

A division bench questioned the powers of the two officers — Anil Kumar and S C Goel — both directors of Consolidation Fund,Haryana.

The court was hearing a petition by Gurgaon villagers,who had alleged that the two officers had sanctioned the exchange of panchayat land to builders without having the powers to do so.

They had alleged that nearly 150 kanals (one kanal is one-eighth of an acre) of prime land in Gurgaon was given to private builders in lieu of infertile land.

The villagers had also accused the headmen of over a dozen panchayats of conniving with the builders,counsel for the petitioners Ashish Aggarwal said.

The bench had earlier pulled up the Gurgaon Deputy Commissioner for failing to issue notices to the builders in the case. On Monday,it directed the Deputy Commissioner to personally ensure that notices were served to the builders.

The bench also expressed unhappiness over the “dubious ways” people use to form companies in Haryana. It said companies were being formed by paying Rs 2 lakh and within days they purchase land worth crores.

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