Amritsar land scam: Petitions admitted

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Chandigarh, Nov 11 (UNI) The Punjab and Haryana High Court while admitting today various writ petitions filed against exemption to some land from the residential scheme of Amritsar Improvement Trust, during the regime of former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, ordered that the status quo on the land would continue.

The division bench of the justices M M Kumar and Jora Singh of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today admitted petitions by Maj General Sukhdeeep Singh Randhawa and others, praying for quashing the notification vide which a little over 32 acres of the total 188 acre residential scheme of the Trust had been exempted from the scheme as the same had been given to Veer Builders amidst allegations of kickbacks and irregularities.

The decision of exemption had been probed by a special committee of the present Punjab Vidhan Sabha and following adoption of its report, Capt Amarinder Singh had been expelled from the house.

The petitioners have also sought directions to quash the notification vide which the 188 acre residential scheme of the Trust had been published as after the exemption, it had lost its original character due to the alterations.

However, the bench while admitting the bunch of petitions for hearing by a division bench, has not fixed any date for hearing the same.

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