Former Punjab DGP among 45 booked for illegal mining

Former Punjab DGP among 45 booked for illegal mining

Written by Man Aman Singh Chhina
, Jagdeep Singh Deep
| Chandigarh |

Printed: July 7, 2020 11:07:16 pm


On June 18, the Mining Division once more wrote a letter, after clearing all of the technicalities, to the SSP to lodge an FIR in opposition to 45 individuals.

Former Punjab DGP Paramdeep Singh Gill, together with 44 farmers of Saini Majra village in Majri block of Mohali district, has been booked for allegedly permitting unlawful sand mining on personal farmland.

An FIR has been registered in Majri Police Station of Mohali on the criticism of the state’s Mining Division. The has executed a sequence of studies on the unlawful mining being executed within the villages round New Chandigarh (Mullanpur) and the most recent report on July 6 had highlighted the potential involvement on sure influential individuals proper below the nostril of district officers.

In accordance with the FIR, on October 1, 2019 the District Mining Officer of Mohali had written a letter to the SSP to research and lodge an FIR in opposition to the individuals concerned in unlawful mining exercise.

After the receipt of this letter, the SSP’s workplace had written a letter again to the Mining Division to hunt a report concerning the individuals concerned in unlawful mining, place the place unlawful mining had taken place and space on which the mining was executed.

The Mining Division once more wrote to the SSP’s workplace on December 11 asking the police to register the case in opposition to individuals in Saini Majra village citing a Civil Writ Petition within the Punjab and Haryana Excessive Court docket. It had additionally talked about in its second letter that in line with the orders of Nationwide Inexperienced Tribunal (NGT) pronounced on April 23, 2019, a staff led by Kharar Sub-Divisional Justice of the Peace (SDM) comprising the members of police, mining and income departments, ha carried out checking in Saini Majra for unlawful mining. The staff beneficial the registration of FIR in opposition to the individuals on whose land the unlawful mining had taken place.

On June 18, the Mining Division once more wrote a letter, after clearing all of the technicalities, to the SSP to lodge an FIR in opposition to 45 individuals.

The Division, in the meantime, additionally issued the restoration notices to the individuals on whose land the mining had taken place.

Out of 45 individuals who’ve now been booked, six individuals had approached Director Mines/ Mining and Geology for submitting an enchantment in opposition to the restoration notices. The selections on these appeals are pending.
The workplace of the District Legal professional (Authorized), in its report which was despatched to the police on July 2, clarified that even when any particular person had filed an enchantment in opposition to the restoration notices, an inquiry could possibly be carried out in opposition to him below Part 21 of the Mines and Mineral (Improvement and Regulation).

The DA (Authorized) additionally identified that below Rule 76 (1) of Punjab Minor Minerals Rule, no particular person shall undertake any mining operation in any space, besides below and in accordance with the phrases and circumstances of the mining lease, contract or allow granted below these guidelines and any violation thereof shall make such particular person chargeable for motion below the act and these guidelines. In accordance with DA (Authorized) remarks, the six individuals who had filed the enchantment in opposition to restoration discover is also booked.

After receiving this report, police booked the 45 landowners of Saini Majra village below Part 21 of the Mine and Minerals (Laws and Improvement) Act.

Former DGP Paramdeep Singh Gill didn’t reply to telephone calls or reply to textual content message despatched to him for ascertaining his feedback on the difficulty.

An officer of the 1974-batch of IPS of Jammu and Kashmir cadre, he was appointed Punjab DGP by the SAD-BJP authorities in 2009, and retired in 2011. He later unsuccessfully fought 2012 Meeting polls as a SAD candidate from Moga.

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