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Tehsildar, naib tehsildar shifted over land scam

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Kulwinder Sandhu
Tribune News Service
Moga, June 17

The state government today transferred tehsildar and naib tehsildar of Moga following a controversy over the alleged land acquisition scam in the construction of the NH 105-B, which passes through the district.

Leader of Opposition Harpal Singh Cheema and PPCC secretary Ravinder Singh Grewal had alleged that poor farmers were duped by politicians and bureaucrats in the process of the land acquisition.

In separate letters to CM Capt Amarinder Singh, they demanded legal action against politicians, bureaucrats and other bigwigs who purchased the land, which was to be acquired by the NHAI, at cheaper rates from farmers and then got huge amounts as compensation. The rates of acquisition were decided by the respective collectors-cum-SDMs on the advice of revenue officials was much higher than those which were paid to farmers.

The leaders alleged 55 sale deeds and mutations were done in favour of their near and dear ones within a day by the respective tehsildars just days before the acquisition of the land.

They accused Cabinet Minister Gurpreet Singh Kangar and MLA Harjot Kamal of involvement in this scam, but these allegations were denied by both leaders. The state government had marked an inquiry into the allegations to the Financial Commissioner (Revenue), which is in progress. The government today transferred Moga tehsildar Surinder Pal Singh Pannu to the Ranjit Sagar Dam as revenue officer.

Tehsildar of Payal (Ludhiana) Pardeep Singh Bains has been posted in Moga while naib tehsildar Maninder Singh has been transferred to Dhol Baha Dam as revenue officer. Though the transfer orders have been issued in routine, a senior officer said these revenue officers had been transferred to conduct a transparent inquiry because their presence could have affected the process of inquiry.

Land bought ahead of acquisition

  • State AAP and a Congress leader have alleged that farmers were duped by politicians and bureaucrats
  • They purchased land at cheaper rates from farmers and sold it to the National Highways Authority of India at higher rates
  • Fifty-five sale deeds and mutations were done in the favour of their near and dear ones within a day by the tehsildars


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