Multi Crore land scam in Channi Himmat, J&K High Court steps in
In a significant development in a multi crore land scam case, the J&K High Court has directed numerous state government agencies including Jammu and Kashmir Housing Board to maintain the status quo with regard to construction on the land reclaimed from Thanger Nallah in Channi Himmat Housing Colony.
It is to be noted that Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh failed to set up high level inquiry to fix the responsibility of corrupt officers allegedly involved in allotment of reclaimed land of Thanger Nallah for commercial sites. A group of residents of the locality led by PL Kohli, retired Additional Director Engineering wing of Agricultural Department, Ram Nath Sharma, Vishav Bandhu, Sardar Ujagar Singh, Bashir Ahmad, Pravin Kumar Kandhari, Sardar Sujjan Singh, Rajinder Gupta and others then decided to knock the doors of the J&K High Court to seek directions from the court of Law to immediately check illegal activities on the reclaimed land of Thanger Nallah.
The residents had pleaded before the court of law that some officials are attempting to allot the reclaimed land to private individuals for development of multi story commercial sites. Earlier, petitioners of a campaign that was spearheaded for Green Belt in Channi Himmat along the bypass road also pleaded before the High Court that the reclaimed land cannot be converted to a commercial site.
Aditiya Gupta in the case Justice Janak Raj Kotwal hence passed an interim order directing the state govt agencies including the J&K Housing Board to maintain the status quo with regard to construction on the spot. Notices were also served to the respondents in the case and the court directed that the case be listed before the bench in July 2015 along with OWP NO 648/2015.