High court puts Ashu, state govt on no­tice

Hindustan Times (Patiala) - - Punjab - Har­sim­ran Singh Ba­tra har­sim­ran.ba­[email protected]

LUD­HI­ANA: The Pun­jab and Haryana high court has put state food and civil sup­plies min­is­ter Bharat Bhushan Ashu, chief sec­re­tary, direc­tor gen­eral of po­lice and 19 oth­ers on no­tice for Au­gust 23 in the Lud­hi­ana change of land use (CLU) case.

Urg­ing the court to is­sue di­rec­tions to the prin­ci­pal sec­re­tary, lo­cal bod­ies depart­ment, DGP, chief vig­i­lance of­fi­cer of the lo­cal bod­ies depart­ment to lodge a first in­for­ma­tion re­port (FIR) against Ashu, builders and of­fi­cials of the lo­cal bod­ies and rev­enue depart­ment, pe­ti­tioner and whistle­blower Kuldeep Khaira has also de­manded that the case should be handed over to the Cen­tral Bureau of Investigat­ion (CBI).

CASE ROCKS PUN­JAB ASSEM­BLY

The CLU case rocked the Pun­jab assem­bly in Fe­bru­ary af­ter an in­quiry re­port re­gard­ing con­struc­tion of flats got leaked to a sec­tion of the me­dia.

The AAP mem­bers raised the is­sue dur­ing zero hour of the House. It has been al­leged that CLU was granted to a pri­vate de­vel­oper to con­struct flats at Ishar Na­gar on Gill Road in vi­o­la­tion of norms.

In his pe­ti­tion, Khaira al­leged that Ashu, se­nior town plan­ner Gau­tam Ku­mar, as­sis­tant town plan­ers Kuljit Man­gat, SS Bin­dra, pat­wari Ravin­der­pal Singh and oth­ers helped the builder by pre­par­ing a false re­port.

ALLEGATION OF DEED TAM­PER­ING

Khaira al­leged that the lo­cal bod­ies depart­ment and MC of­fi­cials had changed the first page of sale deed and also tam­pered with the khasra num­bers. They ob­tained CLU on the ba­sis of forged doc­u­ments, Khaira al­leged.

Ear­lier, an au­dio clip went vi­ral wherein Ashu is al­legedly threat­en­ing in­quiry of­fi­cer Bal­winder Sekhon. Khaira also de­manded se­cu­rity for him and his fam­ily mem­bers as he al­leged he was con­tin­u­ously get­ting threat calls.

Khaira said he filed a pe­ti­tion as no ac­tion was taken against the in­quiry re­port of Sekhon.

Also, a re­port of ad­di­tional deputy com­mis­sioner had found ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in the case but no ac­tion was taken, he al­leged.

IT WAS AL­LEGED THAT CLU WAS GRANTED TO A PRI­VATE DE­VEL­OPER IN VI­O­LA­TION OF NORMS TO CON­STRUCT FLATS ON GILL ROAD

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