Chandigarh 23 May (BB): the Punjab congress has hailed the decision of the High Court to appoint Justice Retd. Kuldeep Singh to probe illegalities and encroachment on costly govt., forest and ‘Shamlat’ land on the periphery of Chandigarh. Stating this in a press statement issued here today ex-MLA sukhpal Singh Khaira said that Retd. Kuldeep Singh is a man of impeccable integrity known for his honesty and firm decision making. Justice Singh has not only served the highest court of the land but has to his credit the recently concluded de-limitation of Parliamentary as well as assembly constituencies of the country, he added.
“Congress is of the firm opinion that with the appointment of Justice Retd. Kuldeep Singh the issue of illegal encroachment on the periphery of Chandigarh hanging fire for the last many years would be taken to its logical conclusion”, he added. He said that more than 60 powerful politicians and bureaucrats including the Chief Minister and the DGP are in illegal possession of forest or panchayat land around Chandigarh. In order to hoodwink the High Court, the state govt. in its report submitted before the court had given a clean chit to the CM, DGP and many other VIP’s. Not satisfied with the report of the state govt. the High Court has ordered the setting up of the Justice Retd. Kuldeep Singh commission, he added.
Congress party urges the High Court to expand the terms of reference of the Justice Kuldeep Singh commission to include all illegal encroachments in the entire periphery surrounding Chandigarh and not merely 170 acres around the Kansal area, he added. Khaira said that the gross violations of encroachment of costly govt. land have taken place on all sides of Chandigarh including the Zirakpur, Kharar and Mohali areas, therefore the powers of the commission be expanded to include all violations of the 16 Kms periphery of the Union Territory. None including the CM, DGP on any other VIP should be spared for not only violating rules but they should also be held responsible for tempering with the ecology and environment of the city beautiful. All such costly govt. lands must be retrieved from the powerful people and they should be proceeded against under the relevant criminal sections of the IPC, demands the Congress party, he demanded.