SC directs govt to protect land encroach for Saheb Singh Samadhi

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New Delhi, Jun 27 (UNI) The Supreme Court today directed the authorities to protect the land located in Najafgarh area in West Delhi where the samadhi of former Union Minister and Delhi Chief Minister Saheb Singh Verma was being constructed allegedly by his family members by encroaching the land.

A vacation bench comprising Justices Altamas Kabir and G S Singhvi issued notices to the Union Government and Delhi government on a petition filed by one of the owners of the land Anang Pal Singh who claimed that the family members of the BJP leader were illegally constructing the samadhi. Mr Verma had died in a road accident on Delhi-Jaipur express Highway in Rajasthan.

The apex court also pulled up Mr Verma's son who was represented by senior Counsel P H Parekh.

When Mr Parekh claimed that the land was allotted for samadhi of the Jat leader, the apex court asked him to show the papers.

The family members of Mr Verma have claimed that his cremation was attended by then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and present Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the then Lt Governor of Delhi among other senior leaders and therefore, the land was alloted to them for the samadhi.

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