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Is Haryana govt diverting attention from Gawal Pahadi land scandal?
Talking about change of mutation of about 456 acre land costing about Rs, 8,000 crores of Gawal Pahadi in Gurugram district from Municipal Corporation Gurugram to private parties, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had told newsmen at Surajkund on Tuesday that since it is a complicated issue hence it could be decided by the Supreme Court.
Million dollar question being asked in political, administrative and media circles of Haryana is whether the chief minister had no knowledge of revenue laws and functioning of the Courts. Or he was  misled by his self styled trusted officers, who had caused major embarrassment to him.

Or he is sidetracking the issue by mentioning the Supreme Court to save land sharks who are owner of the land. Highly placed sources told that politicians cutting across the party lines, top officers, media barons and everybody who is somebody in corridors of the power are owners of land in question.

Gawal Pahadi case is in court of Divisional Commissioner of Gurugram who on an appeal of Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon had stayed the orders of the then District Collector T.L. Satyaprakash changing the mutation from M.C.G to private parties.

After the judgement of Divisional Commissioner, affected parties can approach court of Financial Commissioner, Revenue who also decides the case using his quasi judicial powers. Supreme Court is the last authority.

Top aides and media advisors of the Chief Minister Khattar were also present in the press conference. They should have told Khattar that the Supreme Court decides the case when there is interstate dispute or constitutional crisis and that too on intervention of reference of President of India which is called Presidential reference.

When the then Punjab Chief Minister, Amrinder Singh had got a unanimous resolution passed from the assembly terminating all inter-state agreements then the President had sent the matter to the Supremo Court.

Earlier, on a request of the Haryana government, the President had referred the case to the Supreme Court for advice regarding removal of members of Haryana Public Service Commission.

R.S. Choudhary, a former I.A.S officer and spokesman of Indian National Lok Dal told Gustakhi Maaf that CM Khattar is bluffing the people by mentioning the Supreme Court adding that in fact the issue does not involve the Supreme Court at this stage.

He said that what is needed is that the Haryana government has to file an appeal in the High Court against the orders of then Financial Commissioner, Revenue, Yudhvir Malik who had restored the rights of individuals on land in question.

Choudhray said that since the land in question is Shamlat land hence this comes under MCG. Yudhvir Malik who is Chairman of N.H.A.I had told newsmen that he had passed the orders using his quasi judicial powers and if anybody is aggrieved with it let them challenge it in court.

Umesh Aggarwal, a BJP MLA from Gurugram has also asked CM Khattar to clear the position as top officers had misused his name in the deal.

T.L. Satyaprakash had clarified that he had acted on the directions from the Chief Secretary who had asked him to check if mutation that was carried out a couple of years ago was valid or not, adding that he gave his opinion in the matter.

Subhash Barala had told that on the directions of CM Khattar, V. Umashankar, Commissioner, MCG had challenged the orders of T.L. Satyaprakash in the court of Divisional Commissioner.

Sources told that it is a mere eye wash to shield the land sharks as when two Financial Commissioners had restored the land to private parties where the order of Divisional Commissioner stands.

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