Encroachment on 41 kanals land
JAMMU, Apr 27: In a major decision, the Revenue Department has issued an eviction notice to Satish Sharma son of Madan Lal Sharma, Member Parliament from Jammu-Poonch Lok Sabha seat asking him to vacate 41 kanals of land, which was under his illegal possession at village Lalyal along side Tawi river in Marh area.
Confirming the eviction notice handed over to Satish Sharma by a Screening Committee of the Revenue Department, official sources said the notice was issued after Sharma’s plea to regularize land under Roshni Act was dismissed.
“After verifications, investigations of revenue record and listening to concerned Revenue Department officers, the authorities had reached a conclusion that 41 kanals of land under possession of Satish Sharma was ‘baramad rakwa’, which fell in the category of State land but outside the purview of Roshni Act’’, sources said.
They added that plea of Satish Sharma for regularization of encroached land under Roshni Act has been dismissed by a Screening Committee set up for the purpose of regularization of land under the Act.
The 41 kanals land encroached by the son of Congress MP from Jammu-Poonch Lok Sabha seat fell at Khasra No. 424 Min at village Lalyal along Tawi river in Marh area.
Sources said the Congress MP’s businessman son had applied for regularization of 41 kanals of land under Roshni Act at Lalyal.
The case was scrutinized by a Screening Committee, which had been set up by the Revenue Department for Roshni case. The Committee detected that the land was ‘baramad rakwa’, a term used in Revenue Department for the State land, which can’t be regularized under the Roshni Act.
Sources said the members of the Screening Committee, all of whom were Revenue Department officers visited the spot twice and met concerned Naib Tehsildar, Girdawar and Patwari and elicited their opinion.
“It was established beyond any doubts that the land was ‘baramad rakwa’ and there was no scope for its regularization in favour of the MP’s son under the Roshni Act’’, sources said, adding that since Satish Sharma didn’t vacate the land on his own, the Screening Committee has issued him eviction notice to get the land vacated.
They asserted that further legal process on the land would be taken only after the scheduled time frame fixed for eviction notice was completed. The notice was served three to four days back, they said.
Under the procedure, if Satish Sharma didn’t vacate the land after the eviction notice, the Revenue Department would go for forcible eviction of its land.
It may be mentioned that outgoing Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Pawan Kotwal, in his fresh affidavit filed before the court had held that Satish Kumar son of Madan Lal had applied for regularization of 41 kanals of land at Khasra No. 424 under the Roshni Act but the plea has been rejected.