Chandigarh: Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday issued notice of contempt to Punjab Revenue and Rehabilitation Secretary Karan Bir Singh for October 21 in a contempt petition filed by Jasbir Kaur, wife of Major Kanwaljit Singh, Sharuya Chakra, who was taken by Pakistan Army in its custody during 1971 war, according to Army records. However, the Major was declared to be martyred during said war, according to judgment passed by a Division Bench of the High Court on May 19 last year.
The HC had further directed the state government to allot 10 acres of cultivable land to the petitioner, according to policy of Punjab Government, or in the alternative, to make her payment for price of ten acres of cultivable land, by taking average of collector rate of cultivable land all over Punjab.
The grievance of the petitioner in the contempt petition is that the Department of Revenue allotted her 10 acres of useless land, which cannot be cultivated, as it is situated across the fence, beyond the BSF check post, at zero point on the International Border between India and Pakistan.
According to the petitioner, there is no source of irrigation for the said land nor do the authorities permit installation of any tube-well. There are several restrictions in approaching the land even during day. Even a temporary hut for labourers cannot be permitted in this land, which is completely barren.
The land thus, allotted to the petitioner is clear commission of contempt of the directions issued to the state government by the Bench.
Counsel for the petitioner H C Arora, on her behalf had sent a demand notice on May 26 also to the respondent Karan Bir Singh, calling upon him to re-allot the cultivable land to her, or in the alternative, to pay her the price of 10 acres of cultivable land, otherwise the petitioner shall have to file a contempt petition against him, but the said respondent did not give any response.
Punjab, UT directed to acquire land for new runway
Chandigarh: The Central government on Thursday informed the Punjab and Haryana High Court that a new runway would be constructed where Category III B Instrument Landing System (ILS) would be installed and the re-carpeting of the present one would also be done. The court was informed that the resurfacing of the present runway would be started soon. The new runway would be constructed where the taxi track was proposed earlier.
A Division Bench comprising Justices S S Saron and Lisa Gill was informed by the counsel of the Central government Chetan Mittal that the process of floating the tender for the resurfacing of the present runway would be completed by September 30 and re-carpeting work would be started soon.
During the hearing, Chetan Mittal pleaded before the Bench that due to security reasons Air Force personnel wanted an audience with the Bench in the chamber. The Bench permitted and the personnel of the Air Force gave some information to the Bench that why the Category III B ILS facility cannot be provided at the present runway and why the new runway was needed.
On this, the court ordered the Punjab government and the Chandigarh Administration to acquire the needed land and hand over the same to the Air Force authorities so that they can start the work. The court ordered that the entire information about this should be given to the court
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