Man in his 40s shows had land in his name for 55 years, given transfer of ‘possessory rights’

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SummaryA startling case pertaining to Haryana’s consolidation of land holdings department has come to light, in which a chartered accountant — in his early 40s — got “transfer of possessory rights” of a land in his favour on the basis that he was in possession of the land for the last 55 years.

the facts reveal a prima facie attempt by the petitioner to subvert the process of law by getting an officer to record “khasra girdawari” entries, though the officer was not empowered to do so. It added that the DG (Consolidation of Holdings), however, could not set aside the mutation without issuing a notice to the petitioner.

“In this view of the matter, we issue a notice of motion to the state of Haryana, directing it to produce the entire record. The petitioner is directed to place on record the sale deed, proof of possession and all other relevant documents, regarding consolidation proceedings,” the court ordered.

On December 1, the court passed another order, stating that the petitioner has been asked to produce the material to prima facie prove that he possessed the land 50 to 55 years ago. “The state of Haryana is directed to apprise the court, by way of an affidavit, of the powers conferred upon the director general (Consolidation of Holdings), produce the entire record of consolidation, the revenue record pertaining to the land in dispute, prior to and post consolidation,” it added.

The court, while including Dalbir Singh as a respondent in the case, also directed that an affidavit be filed with respect to any other suspicious khasra girdawari or jamabandi entries in the area concerned.

Incidentally, Dalbir Singh is the same officer who had allowed the mutation of land deal between Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra and real estate giant DLF in Gurgaon’s Shikhopur village. The mutation was cancelled by Khemka as DG (Consolidation).

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