Disputed bungalow of former J&K deputy CM: Case adjourned due to non-availability of bench

The case related to former J&K Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh’s palatial bungalow, which was allegedly built on a disputed site in violation of the Jammu Development Authority Building Act, was on Tuesday adjourned to September 27 due to non-availability of the bench. J&K Special Tribunal, Jammu.

“The multi-campaign appeal preferred by Nirmal Singh’s wife Mamata Singh against the JDA’s demolition notice of an illegally constructed palatial house at Ban village in Nagrota was today adjourned to September 27 due to non-availability of Bench-II. In the Jammu and Kashmir Special Tribunal, the bench consisted of judicial members from J&K and Ladakh ( (Justice Rajesh Sekhri) has been elevated as an Additional Judge of the High Court and the case is simply adjourned due to lack of a Speaker,” said lawyer Sheikh Shakeel Ahmed.

Nirmal Singh and his wife Mamata Singh were issued a notice under Section 7(3) of the Building Operations Control Act, 1988 for constructing a palatial bungalow in Ban without obtaining prior permission from the Jammu Development Authority.

“The JDA initially did not take action against the former deputy chief minister and later, in an RTI application, revealed that despite being informed about the alleged illegal construction, it did not proceed against the high-profile violators. Later, on a whistle-blower complaint, the JDA issued a demolition notice to Nirmal Singh and his wife, within five days. They suggested removing the illegal construction themselves,” he said.

Against this demolition notice, Mamata filed a statutory appeal before the J&K Special Tribunal, which stayed the demolition notice.

On April 12 this year, a Central Information Commission bench in New Delhi, headed by the Information Commissioner, had directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to file a revised reply explaining the current status and action on the complaint filed by Jammu-based lawyer Shakeel. Ahmed on September 21, 2020.

Advocate Ahmed had filed a complaint before the CBI to register an FIR under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 and the IPC against Nirmal Singh, Mamata Singh and J&K government officials for “facilitating illegal/unauthorized construction of a palace bungalow in opposition to the Works of Defense Act”.

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