Himachal government orders enquiry into `benami` land deals
Shimla: Under attack from opposition
Congress for allegedly "encouraging" benami land deals,
Himachal Pradesh government on Saturday ordered enquiry into two
"Consequent upon call given by the Chief Minister Prem
Kumar Dhumal to expose benami land deals, awakened citizens
have reported three more cases to him and Chief Minister has
ordered enquiry into it by the Principal Secretary (Revenue),
concerned Divisional Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners
and asked them to report back immediately," an official
spokesperson here said.
Chief Minister had already ordered an enquiry into one
case pertaining to purchase of land in violation of section
118 of HP Tenancy and Land Reforms Act, which barred any land
purchase by non-agriculturists, including bonafide Himachalis.
Chief Minister said that one case of illegal land deal
has been reported from Palampur where a person Sudesh Kumar, a
non-Himachali and non-agriculturist has constructed triple
storey house in the Tea Garden in Mohal Lohna, Tehsil Palampur
in District Kangra, in violation of the laid down norms and
without obtaining the permission of the government to purchase
land and construct house.
He said that Principal Secretary (Revenue), Divisional
Commissioner, Kangra and Deputy Commissioner, Kangra have been
directed to get the case investigated send report to him by
In another case one Raman Sharma, resident of Rohini,
Delhi, a non-Himachali and non-agriculturist, has purchased
orchard land in village Nav Bahar, Shimla in violation of the
Act and enquiry had been ordered and report sought by May 31.
The third case has been reported from Paonta Sahib
wherein a non-agriculturist Charanjit Singh, resident of
Badripur, Paonta Sahib, had purchased 15.8 bigha of land in
Mauja Badripur and further sold it to his sister-in-law
Kuljeet Kaur, wife of Kulwant Singh, also a non-agriculturist
for Rs 5 crore and got the registration done for only Rs 54
The enquiry report in this case has also been asked for
before May 27, the spokesperson said.
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