Malout: The local court of Malout has stayed the construction of Multipurpose Sports Stadium which was to be constructed by Punjab government at a cost of Rs 6.35 crore in Sheikhu village of Malout, district Muktsar, on Tuesday.
Talking to Daily Post over the phone, counsel for complainant Malkeet Singh Mann confirmed the development. “Magistrate Shilpi Gupta has stayed the construction of the stadium on Panchayat land of Sheikhu village, Malout, after a suit was filed against illegal handover of the possession of land was filed by the plaintiffs,” said Mann. He further said that the next hearing of the case is on July 28.
Jasdeep Singh, Bhupinder Singh and Sawaranjeet Singh, residents of Sheikhu village, filed a suit in the local court against Gram Panchayat of Sheikhu village, Block Development Officer Malout, Joint Director Local Bodies and Panchayat, Ferozepur, for permanent injunction restraining the Panchayat of Sheikhu village including Sarpanch Gurmeet Singh from handing over the possession or changing the nature of the land and restraining Block Development Officer Malout, Joint Director Local Bodies and Panchayat, Ferozepur from sanctioning permission to construct stadium on Panchayat land.
According to the plaintiff, the Panchayat has allegedly not taken the consent of the whole land proprietors of the inhabitants of Sheikhu village. Alleging the Panchayat, the plaintiff complained that they have agricultural land in Sheikhu village since consolidation and the suit land is ‘Jumla Malkan’ land, thus the panchayat has no right to change the nature of the land and handover the possession to anyone.
The plaintiff also alleged that the Sarpanch did not call the Open house meeting, which is mandatory in such cases. Gurmeet Singh, Sarpanch of Sheikhu village, while speaking to Daily Post said that a meeting was called and the village has passed a resolution which the Panchayat will be presenting in the court.
“We have no wrong intentions, neither we have sold the land nor given on lease to anyone, we have just asked the government to construct a stadium on our land, because our youth do not have a place to play,” said Gurmeet. It is pertinent to mention that Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal laid a foundation stone to built a Multipurpose sports stadium on the said land at a cost of Rs 6.36 crore, on July 11.