Monday, February 7, 2011

Aalloa case: High court raises more queries

Threatens Transfer Of Inquiry To Independent Agency
Ahmedabad: In the Aalloa case, after roping in the Centre, Gujarat high court on Monday sought to know if the revenue records of the land in question were tempered with. Several senior IAS officers have been accused of grabbing land belonging to Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited in this case. The court also indicated that if facts do not emerge clear soon, an independent agency may be asked to probe the matter.
   A bench headed by the chief justice sought to know if the revenue records of the 92-hectare plot near Gandhinagar had been tempered with. The land, between Aalloa and Pindarda villages, was given by the state government on lease to SSNNL for afforestation.
   The high court asked the state government to produce the notification published in the gazette on October 16, 1998, about the consolidation scheme. The chief justice has sought clarification about the ownership of the disputed land which is plot number 219 on survey number 355. During the hearing, the judges also warned the respondent Aalloa Non-Trading Association not to confuse the court any further. The court felt that lengthy submissions by the respondents on Monday only caused more confusion instead of clearing the things up.
   At present, the court is relying on measurements taken by district inspector of land records. After the petitioner, Ghanshyamsinh Waghela, raised questions on credibility of the state measurement agency, the high court directed the Centre to become a party to resolve the issue. The allegations in this petition are that some bureaucrats have fraudulently changed revenue records to show certain parts of the SSNNL plot as private land.
   The plot was allotted to SSNL in 1993 for afforestation on the Sabarmati riverbank. The land was not returned back to the state government in 2007 as per terms of the contract to green the area.
   The high court has kept further hearing on March 16 with instruction to the respondents to clear the confusion about title of the land in a short submission, or else they should be ready to face an independent inquiry.

Aalloa land  

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