Monday, January 21, 2008

Notice to HUDA

The High Court on Friday issued notices to HUDA Chief Administrator S.S. Dhillon and Panchkula Deputy Commissioner Brijendra Singh on a contempt petition seeking action against them for not implementing the High Court orders.

In his application, Mr Naresh Kadyan prayed for action against the officers under the contempt law. The matter pertains to removal of encroachments from HUDA land in Raila village in Panchkula district.

On March 11, the High Court had directed removal of encroachments and also proper demarcation of the area. This was done on the petition of Mr Kadyan, in which he had alleged that HUDA had acquired land in the village in 1977 and the compensation was paid to the original landowners.

However, while HUDA did not do anything with the land, encroachers, allegedly in connivance with HUDA officials, encroached upon the land. Some shops and other buildings had also allegedly come up on the HUDA land, with no action being initiated against these.

Apart from seeking removal of the encroachments, the petitioner has prayed for action against the officers responsible for the lapse.

Today, the Bench of Mr Justice M.M. Kumar was informed that while proper demarcation of land had been done, about three kanals of land was still under illegal occupation of encroachers.

After hearing his counsel, the Judge issued a notice for December 10, asking the officers to explain their position.