HC notice to Sangrur MLA Singla on plea against shopping mall in residential area

Chandigarh, January 23: The Punjab and Haryana High Court has put Sangrur MLA Vijay Inder Singla on notice on a petition alleging the construction of a shopping mall in a residential area under his influence.

Taking up the petition filed against the MLA, the state government and other respondents by Harbinder Singh Sekhon (87), Jasinder Sekhon and another petitioner through senior advocate ML Saggar, Sunny Saggar and Armaan Saggar, the Bench of Justice Rajan Gupta and Justice Karamjit Singh fixed April 20 as the next date of hearing in the matter.

The petitioners submitted that they came to know that the illegal sanctioning of the building plan and illegal construction by the respondent Sushma Garg and others in Sangrur was under the influence of respondent Vijay Inder Singla.

Going into the background of the matter, the counsel for the petitioners submitted that they had been requesting him against the opening of a restaurant and bar in Maharaja Ranbir Club building, which was heritage in nature. It was constructed by late Maharaja Ranbir Singh to develop skating in his princely state. The sports club was situated on the club/telephone exchange road just opposite their residential houses.

The petitioners again requested him regarding the construction of the shopping mall in the vicinity of their residential houses in violation of the master plan. But he did not care for the same. He was, rather, influencing the officials to help respondent Sushma Garg to complete the construction and for vacation of the order dated August 9, 2019, directing them to maintain status quo regarding the construction. “He is also influencing the officials to grant change of land use to the respondent,” the petitioners added.

The petitioners sought directions for quashing the building plan for constructing the three-storey shopping mall.

The Bench during the course of hearing was told that the respondent in the second week of July last year started construction of the three-storey shopping mall in the portion of a residential house measuring 180 sq yd on the club/telephone exchange road. Enquiries revealed that the building plan was sanctioned on July 5 last year, in violation of the provisions of the master plan as well as building bylaws of 2018.

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