THE PUNJAB and Haryana High Court, while refusing to entertain a petition challenging the constitution of the Commission of Inquiry headed by retired Justice S N Dhingra by the Haryana government, allowed him the liberty to approach the Haryana Lokayukta with his grievances.
The Justice Dhingra Commission was constituted by the Haryana government on May 14 last year and is probing grant of licences to several real estate companies in four villages of Gurgaon. The Commission is expected to submit its report to the Haryana government by August 31.
A Panchkula resident, Ravinder Kumar, submitted before the division bench comprising Justices S S Saron and Hari Pal Verma, “Commission of Inquiry is a political conspiracy by the present government to secure cheap political gains and to browbeat, harass and humiliate their political opponents.”
The petitioner informed the court that he had earlier approached the office of Haryana Lokayukta seeking a comprehensive inquiry against the Haryana Chief Minister as well as Justice Dhingra relating to illegalities as well as the malafides. But the post of Lokayukta was lying vacant till July 19 when retired Justice N K Agarwal took oath.
The petitioner had submitted that constitution of the Justice Dhingra Commission is devoid of any approval from the council of ministers which is mandatory and statutory prerequisite as per the Commission of Inquiry Act.
The petitioner had also sought directions for independent investigation and taking action against errant officials with respect to “wholly undue and illegal favours” sought by Justice Dhingra who also being chairman of Justice Gopal Singh Public Charitable Trust at Gurgaon wrote to Gurgaon Deputy Commissioner on December 8 last year to provide paver blocks on revenue path leading to the Trust’s land. It was submitted that Rs 95 lakh had been sanctioned by the Haryana Development and Panchayat Department for providing these paver blocks out of which around Rs 40 lakh have been provided by Haryana State Agricultural and Marketing Board (HSAMB). The petitioner reasoned that this apparently is an illegal expenditure as no marketable surplus is to come from Trust’s land and this revenue path does not connect any marketing yard (Mandi).
The petitioner has also sought directions to the Development and Panchayat Department, and HSAMB to restrain from dispersing any amount towards providing and construction of paver blocks to the Trust’s land.