Akali Dal Leader Guilty of Illegal Land Grabbing near Chandigarh

CHANDIGARH, Punjab—Former Director-General of Punjab Police Paramdip Singh Gill is in the dock, as the judicial panel probing into allegation, has found him guilty of illegally grabbing 150-acre land worth Rs 200 crore at Sainimajra in Kharar, about 12kms from Chandigarh.

Probing allegations of land grab by VIPs and others on the periphery of Chandigarh, Justice Kuldip Singh panel has said huge chunks of land were “illegally and erroneously taken possession of by Paramdip Singh”.

The panel also, prima facie, found “deliberate attempt to create a forged document” in case of land given on 33-year lease to JTL Education Foundation, allegedly run by relatives of former Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal.

The report comes as an embarrassment for the Shiromani Akali Dal, as Gill was not only picked by the government for the DGP’s post, but had also been allotted party ticket. However, he lost the election from home constituency, Moga.

In its report submitted to the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the panel said it was told during the probe that the land in Sainimajra village in Kharar subdivision of Mohali district belonged to former ADGP Paramdip Singh, son of Nachattar Singh, resident of house number 500, Sector 16. But, it was for the state government to establish his credentials.

The panel added: “A huge chunk of land, measuring 1,199 kanal and one marla (150 acre), which was ‘shamlat hasab rasal jar khewat’, was illegally and erroneously taken possession of by one Paramdip Singh.”

The panel added an order passed by a naib tehsildar on January 27, 2012, in connection with the land and subsequent correction of “girdwari” or cultivation right in his name was “wholly illegal”.