The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday slammed two senior Haryana IAS officers for allegedly facilitating exchange of prime land belonging to various gram panchayats to builders in Gurgaon.
Expressing strong disapproval over the exchange of land allowed by Anil Kumar and S C Goel directors of Consolidation Fund in Haryana a division bench questioned the powers the two officers had to do so. The development took place during the resumed hearing of a petition filed by Gurgaon villagers,who had alleged that nearly 150 kanals of prime land in the area was given to private builders in lieu of infertile land.
Senior lawyer Ashish Aggarwal,counsel for the petitioners,alleged that as per rules,director (Consolidation) does not have the power to allow exchange of land of gram panchayats to builders.
The petitioners,while alleging that the builders had benefited tremendously from the exchange,also accused the sarpanches of over 10 gram panchayats of joining hands with them to rob the panchayats of their valuable land. On the last date of hearing,the high court had summoned the two IAS officers to explain in the court under which provisions did they allow the exchange of shamlat land.
On Monday,though the officers claimed that they have the powers to allow the exchange of shamlat land,the division bench showed little conviction in their explanations.
Moreover,while expressing unhappiness over the dubious ways companies are being formed in Haryana,the bench said that a giant developer is behind such companies being formed to construct buildings.