Tribunal to probe land grab cases

Tribunal to probe land grab cases

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday directed that a tribunal headed by a former Supreme Court judge Kuldeep Singh would investigate cases pertaining to alleged “land grab”, in the periphery under the two states, by several influential people, including politicians, bureaucrats and cops.

The tribunal is likely to submit its report within four months.
In case the tribunal seeks more time, the permission of the court will be required, the court said.

The court also directed the Punjab government to provide a place and secretarial staff to the tribunal within two weeks to facilitate its functioning.

The tribunal has been set up to probe into certain land deals where change of ownership of village common land took place in the names of several influential people.

A government report has found no irregularity in the deals. The tribunal would have the powers vested in the civil courts.

They would empower it to direct the revenue, forest and rural development department officials to assist it in investigating the allegations.

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