11 April 2007
HighCourt jolt to Gurgaon landsharks
Statesman News Service
CHANDIGARH, April 10: In order to protect the interests of a Gurgaon-based family, whose agricultural land worth over Rs 500 crore was being allegedly usurped by landsharks, Mr Justice Surya Kant of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has constituted a special investigating team (SIT) headed by the Inspector-General (Crime Branch) to probe into the matter.
The court has also taken strong note of the fact that majority of members of the family whose land had been fraudulently taken over by the alleged mafia are deaf and dumb since birth. In its attempt to take over the land, the criminals, who were masquerading as property dealers, had even kidnapped members of this family. The name of independent MLA from Ateli, Mr Naresh Yadav, also figures in the court order.
In his hard-hitting order, Mr Justice Surya Kant has also said: “This court hopes and trusts that notwithstanding the pulls and pressures, Mr KK Sindhu, IGP (Crime Branch), Haryana, will ensure that a fair, impartial and dispassionate investigation is promptly carried out.”
Not only this, the judge has also given liberty to the SIT to subject all accused to custodial interrogation. “The SIT shall not show even the slightest reluctance in arresting the MLA or his associates also in this regard,” Mr Justice Surya Kant has ordered. The entire drama began when Mrs Sita Devi, whose husband is joint owner of the 60-65 acres of prime land in village Narungpur, which is now part of the National Capital Region (NCR), lodged a complaint with the Manesar police on 15 February. In her complaint, she alleged that some members of the family, including her husband, were kidnapped by land grabbers, who forced them to sell their land worth crores for peanuts.
The per-acre market value of land in the area is over Rs 6-7 crore these days. Not only this, the accused even forced the physically challenged members of the family to withdraw from banks crores of rupees received by them as advance against sale consideration.
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