Allegations of illegal sand mining in Mahendragarh: HC looks for report from sdditional civil judge in 4 days
Composed by Jagpreet Singh Sandhu
| Chandigarh |
November 13, 2020 3: 57: 50 am
The petitioner, Shiv Lal, through his counsel, supporter Mukesh Yadav, had actually competed before the HC that prohibited mining of minor minerals specifically sand is going on in Mahendergarh at the hands of Rakesh Kumar, sarpanch of Karira gram panchayat.
THE PUNJAB and Haryana High Court has looked for a report on the accusations of prohibited sand mining by the sarpanch of Karira gram panchayat in Mahendergarh district, from Additional Civil Judge (Senior Department), Kanina, within 4 days.
The bench of Justices S N Satyanarayana and Archana Puri, in the order passed on Thursday stated, “As soon as the report comes, we will look into the exact same and would pass suitable orders to guarantee that the truth is elicited from the aforesaid workout.”
The bench further specified that if it is found that the claims and accusations made by the petitioner are real, appropriate directions would be released to the concerned authorities. The bench likewise said that if they discovered out that the director of Mines and Geology, director of Advancement and Panchayats Department, Haryana and Mahendergarh deputy commissioner were supporting the sarpanch, it “may not also think twice to initiate proceedings versus the three authorities as well as Additional Chief Secretary, Haryana, Home Department for giving incorrect details to this court”.
The petitioner, Shiv Lal, through his counsel, advocate Mukesh Yadav, had competed prior to the HC that unlawful mining of minor minerals particularly sand is going on in Mahendergarh at the hands of Rakesh Kumar, sarpanch of Karira gram panchayat. Advocate Yadav submitted that though the prohibited mining has actually been brought to the notice of the three federal government officials of the district and other so-called accountable officers of the State, but they have slept over the matter. Hearing the plea, the HC bench thus looked for replies from authorities concerned in the matter, by the method of filing affidavits.
The bench after hearing the celebrations stated, “we observe that there is an effort on the part of participants no. 3 (director, advancement & panchayats department) and 4 (deputy commissioner, Mahendergarh) as well as Addl. Chief Secretary for the State in trying to offer various colour to the entire deal as if there is no unlawful mining of sand is going on, on the contrary, the sarpanch has actually unauthorisedly removed earth from the village land … Though such an effort is made, the files which are produced by them would plainly suggest that there is an effort on their part to misinform this court, in as much as the word sand is used in many locations. In truth, learned state counsel also tried to convince us that in the grievance which is given up vernacular language, the word utilized is mitti (earth) and not sand”.
Adjourning the matter for November 19, the court asked Prateek Jain, Additional Civil Judge (Elder Division), Kanina, to check out the location in addition to petitioner Shiv Lal, and also along with Ranbir Singh, SDM, Kanina, if he is offered and to submit his report to this court within four days.
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