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Punjab VB registers case against developer Jarnail Singh, CTP Pankaj Bawa, Patwari Lekh raj for illegally passing housing projects

PUNJAB NEWS EXPRESS | February 24, 2024 06:14 PM

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB) has registered a case against Jarnail Singh Bajwa, director of Bajwa Developers Limited, Sunny Enclave Kharar, a resident of Sector 71 SAS Nagar, Chief Town Planner Punjab (CTP) Pankaj Bawa, a resident of House No. 253, Sector 22A, Chandigarh and revenue Patwari Lekh Raj (now retired), a resident of House No. 55, Sector 118, TDI, SAS Nagar. In this case CTP Punjab Pankaj Bawa has been arrested.

Disclosing this here today an official spokesperson of state VB said during the investigation of a complaint it was found that M/s Bajwa Developers Limited has got passed a residential/commercial project from state government in about 179 acres of land in villages Sinhpur, Hasanpur and Jandpur in district Mohali. According to the decision taken by the empowered committee on 22-03-2013, the said promoter did not deposited one percent of the project cost or a maximum of Rs. 1 crore as cancer relief fund with the government and the officials/employees of PUDA didn't initiated any action against the developer in this regard as per rules. Besides this, Bajwa Developers Limited had also got approved layout plan of a residential mega project in the Sunny Enclave, village Jandpur, Sinhpur, Hasanpur in Sector 120, 123, 124 and 125 and got approved housing plan for economically weaker sections (EWS) on area of 9.09 acres. Out of this area 4 kanals 17.1/10 marlas of village Hasanpur and the area of 57 kanal 0.1/2 marla of village Sinhpur was registered in the name of GMADA, but the registration of the area of 1.32 acres was still not done in the name of GMADA by Bajwa Developers Ltd. It was also came to light that mutation of the said land has been registered in the name of GMADA even after the lapse of 7 years and this area is still owned by Ms. Bajwa Developers and the land owners who have gave consent to the developer , which clearly proves the connivance of the officials/employees of GAMADA with the said Bajwa Developers Ltd.

The spokesperson further informed that during the probe, it was also found that pertaining to Khasra No. 3//1/1/1, 4//5/2, 4//2, 4//3/1, 11//16/3 (Shamlat land) of Village Sinhpur, Tehsil Mohali, the officers/employees of the office of CTP had not passed change of land use (CLU) certificate but Jarnail Singh Bajwa, Director, Bajwa Developers Limited in connivance with DTP of that time Pankaj Bawa, now CTP, Raghbir Singh Assistant Town Planner, and Lekh Raj Patwari (now retired) got approved the said land in the layout plan without any approval.

Similarly, Bajwa Developers, in collusion with the officials/employees of Chief Town Planner, Punjab, got the land of various persons passed in the layout plan by imposing fake consents without their knowledge, while village Jandpur land Khasra No. 16//16, 16//17 having total area 2 acres, is registered in the name of Samadh Pukhta Baba Gulabdas Chela Baijaldas, had also been included in the project on the basis of fake consent. Bajwa Developers Ltd Director Jarnail Singh Bajwa, in collusion with the then GAMADA officials, during the year 2014, 2015 has constructed about 78 commercial booths in mega project of Sector 123, without getting the designs/maps passed, which has caused financial loss to the government to crores of rupees were to be earned as a map fees.

In this regard the Vigilance Bureau has registered case number 03 dated 24.02.2024 under section 409, 420, 467, 468, 471, 120-B of IPC and section 13(1)(a) and 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act at Police Station Vigilance Bureau, Flying Squad-1, Punjab, Mohali. Apart from this, the role of officers/employees of GMADA, PUDA, Chief Town Planner Punjab, and Municipal Council Kharhar or private individuals would also be probed during the investigation of this case.

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