CJM dismisses complaint in Manesar land case

June 04, 2017 01:27 PM

Chandigarh : Gurugram Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Prashant Rana has dismissed the private complaint filed against former Commissioner of Police Navdeep Virk, terming it as “motivated”. Social activist Ravinder Kumar had filed a complaint, saying a CBI case was recommended by Virk in the Manesar land case, concealing the fact that the matter had already been decided by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

The case came up for hearing on Wednesday where the status report was presented. But without fixing the case for consideration, the court dismissed the complaint, terming it as “motivated” and “malafide”. One of the arguments given in the order was that the land in question was located in Gurugram while the complainant was residing in Panchkula.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had registered a case in September 2015 based on Virk’s recommendation, stating that private builders and some officials had conspired to purchase land from unsuspecting land owners in Manesar by notifying the acquisition. The notification was subsequently withdrawn on the request of the land owners.

Ravinder Kumar had stated that Virk, then Commissioner, Gurugram, got an FIR registered on August 12, 2015, at the behest of Om Parkash Yadav by concealing that Yadav had lost a writ petition on the issue in the High Court and an SLP was pending in the Supreme Court. Interestingly the Haryana Government had handed over the investigation to the CBI within 48 hours of Virk’s recommendation.

Secretary, Home, Subhash Chander Goel, wrote a letter on May 17, 2017, to the CBI Director with copies to Haryana DGP and Chief Secretary, stating that he was kept in the dark by Virk about the writ on the matter having been decided by the High Court in 2014.

Interestingly, the Haryana Police registered an FIR against Ravinder Kumar at Manesar police station on the complaint of Om Parkash Yadav, stating that the activist was misleading the authorities by lodging a false complaint against senior police officers. The FIR was registered on May 27, 2017, four days before the court passed its verdict.

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