Tribune News Service
Amritsar, August 4
The Amritsar Improvement Trust (AIT) has won the legal battle for its chunk of land opposite Red Cross Bhawan at Ranjit Avenue. The AIT fought a long legal battle to get back its land worth Rs 200 crore.
According to information, the AIT had notified the Ranjit Avenue Scheme on January 21, 1972, and had acquired the land in August 1973. Around 9,500 square-yard chunk of land was under the ownership of Brahm Boota Akhara, a religious sect. The AIT gave Rs 2.05 crore to the akahara as compensation for the acquisition of land. But the AIT failed to get the possession of the land as the akhara had given the land on lease for 99 years to five different persons. They declined to give up their possession of the land. The tenants have tried to get a stay order from the court.
The case has gone through several phases. The lease-holders further signed the power of attorney to a private firm. The firm reportedly managed to get a Change of Land Use (CLU) certificate with the involvement of AIT officials. A major controversy erupted when the private firm managed to get the CLU.
However, the local court gave the verdict in the favour of the AIT, but the Trust did not take any action against any of the officials or employees for their involvement in forgery.
The land is located on a prime area of the city and the land mafia was keen to grab the chunk. The private firm had passed the plan for the construction of a Mall by submitting invalid registered papers and the CLU.
Meanwhile, AIT officials are happy after getting the possession of the land worth Rs 200 crore. Sandip Singh, law officer of the AIT, stated that a long battle had been fought to get the land, so everyone had been celebrating the moment.
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