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Three suspended for land allotment scam

GANDHINAGAR: The Gujarat executive on Thursday suspended three officers, including the overall manager of a state-run entity, for alleged irregularities in allotment of 800 acres of government land at Bamanbor and Jivapar in Chotila taluka of Surendranagar district, under Agricultural Land Ceiling (ALC) Act, to non-public persons.

The executive ordered suspension of Chandrakant Pandya, normal manager of Gujarat State Civil Supplies Corporation Limited (GSCSCL), V Z Chauhan, deputy district development officer of Porbandar, and J L Gadhvi, former in-charge mamlatdar (revenue officer) of Chotila taluka in Surendranagar, with instant impact, a press release said.

While Pandya had earlier served because the resident further collector of Surendranagar, Chauhan was the deputy collector, it added.

The state revenue division had carried out a probe by which the trio was found to blame of irregularities in allotment of round 800 acres of land to non-public persons at Bamanbor and Jivapar villages in Chotila taluka in Surendranagar district some years ago.

The land in query was forfeited via the federal government prior to now under the Agricultural Land Ceiling Act, the release said.

Although the Supreme Court, whilst hearing petitions in regards to the possession of a piece of land measuring round 300 acres in Chotila taluka, gave its verdict in the executive’s favour, the trio licensed the switch of land.

It is alleged that those officers deliberately misinterpreted the apex court order to approve the switch of land, which was then sold via the non-public persons even before the state executive gave its nod to the switch order passed via those officers, the release said.

It has been found that the mamlatdar and krishi panch had proven executive land as surplus agricultural land via misinterpretation of the modification in the Act: 2/1974 of the ALC Act 1960 to non-public persons on November 11, 1988.

After the irregularities came to gentle, the state executive not most effective suspended them, but also ordered a departmental inquiry against the trio, the release said.

The executive has directed the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to behavior a probe against those officers, it added.

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