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Land for park sold; ex-MC chief, councillor booked


Land for park sold; ex-MC chief, councillor booked

Our Correspondent

Abohar, September 12

The police have registered a case against former president of the Municipal Council (MC) Pramil Kalani, BJP councillor Rakesh Chhabra, alias Titu, and his brother Naresh Chhabra for selling a plot earmarked for developing a park at Dharam Nagari here.

DSP Rahul Bhardwaj has been directed to investigate the matter.

Sunil Bishnoi, a resident of Dharam Nagari, submitted a complaint to the SP, Fazilka, on September 30, 2018, alleging that Kalani, Titu and Naresh connived to sell a 3.5-kanal plot illegally and caused a huge financial loss to the MC.

On December 27, 2017, A Venu Prasad, Principal Secretary, Department of Local Bodies, had issued a show-cause notice to Kalani over the sale of land. The complainant had claimed that the plot was erroneously sold, vide a resolution passed on May 25, 2015, to Titu’s brother Naresh Chhabra, without getting the reserve price fixed.

Kalani was told to appear for a hearing before the Principal Secretary, but he reportedly skipped it. He was dismissed as the Municipal Council president on July 18, 2018.

The Deputy Director, Local Bodies, Ferozepur, who conducted an inquiry, said in his report on September 18, 2017, that the Punjab and Haryana High Court had taken the cognisance of the issue after a writ petition was filed in 2016. As directed by the HC, then Fazilka Deputy Commissioner Isha Kalia conducted an inquiry and passed orders on April 11, 2017, holding the Municipal Council guilty of violating the rules. The resolution in question was suspended accordingly.

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