The matter herein pertains to allotment of additional land to one Dalip Singh son of Ganga Singh in respect of land abandoned by him in Pakistan during the course of Partition. An application dated 10.12.1996 was made on behalf of Dalip Singh son of Ganga Singh resident of Model Town Talwara by one Manjeet Singh son of Hazara Singh resident of Nadala, Tehsil Bholath, District Kapurthala stating therein that Dalip Singh had abandoned land in village Galgitti/513 and village Darpiala/512 in tehsil and district Gujranwala in Pakistan. In lieu of this he had received 8 SAs 8¾ units in village Lakhan Kalan/139. He had taken possession of the said land and was in occupation thereof. On procuring a jamabandi of the land left by him in Pakistan he had discovered that he had been allotted 1 SA less land. The deficiency should, therefore, be made good. He attached with his application a copy of jamabandi for village Galgitti/513, tehsil and district Gujranwala, a copy of Sanad Taqsim Arazi Matruka and new “chhant” for consideration. An unattested photostat copy of a Power of Attorney purported to be from Dalip Singh son of Ganga Singh in favour of Manjeet Singh son of Hazara Singh was also attached therewith. This application is shown as received in the office of the Managing Officer on 9.1.1997 and the matter was fixed for 28.1.1997. On the said date Hazara Singh came present on behalf of Manjeet Singh whereupon the Managing Officer-cum-Tehsildar, Hari Singh ordered a 1-D report to be included in the file. Thereafter, the matter was adjourned to 18.2.1997 when Sh. Kuldip Singh, Senior Assistant was ordered to bring a report from the register known as 1-D lying in the Land Claims Office, Jalandhar. This official re-calculated the entitlement and prepared a statement on 18.3.97 showing that there was a deficiency of 0.15½ unit in the allotment made to Dalip Singh son of Ganga Singh. On the basis of the report of Kuldip Singh, assistant, the Managing Officer passed order dated 26.3.1997 to the effect that the said Dalip Singh son of Ganga Singh should be allotted land measuring 0 SA 15½ units. Thereafter the Managing Officer, HQ sent the case to the Government for clearance.
2. On examination of the record some inadequacies and irregularities were found in the order of the Managing Officer, prima facie establishing need for interference under Section 33 of the Displaced Persons ( Compensation & Rehabilitation) Act. Before taking any action in the matter it was considered necessary to summon both the applicant Dalip Singh and his attorney Hazara Singh. (On 18.10.1996, Dalip Singh son of Ganga Singh had purportedly executed a Power of Attorney in favour of Manjeet Singh son of Hazara Singh, but thereafter another Power of Attorney had been executed on 8.8.1997 in favour of Hazara Singh son of Labh Singh). They were called for hearing on 19.3.2000. On the aforementioned date Hazara Singh, presented himself alongwith a person claiming to be Dalip Singh son of Ganga Singh. While Hazara Singh was identified by one Balwant Singh son of Dewan Singh lamabardar of village Bamuwal, the parentage of Dalip Singh was not confirmed by the said lamabardar. The statements of all the three persons were recorded and on the basis of a perusal of the record and these statements the following irregularities have emerged in relation to the claim of Dalip Singh:-
Dalip Singh who was presented by Hazara Singh before me projects himself to be the son of Ganga Singh and also admits that Hazara Singh is his Power of Attorney. But Hazara Singh in the opening sentence of his recorded statements says he (Hazara Singh) is Power of Attorney of Dalip Singh son of Dula Singh. Hazara Singh also states that he does not know the name of grand-father of the said Dalip Singh.
Balwant Singh son of Diwan Singh lambardar of village Bamoowal, states that he knows Dalip Singh who is present in the office of Financial Commissioner Revenue and he knows that he is a resident of Lakhan Kalan, but states that he does know the name of Dalip Singh’s father.
Incidentally the name of grandfather of Dalip Singh is mentioned as Roor Singh, whereas in his own statement Dalip Singh says he is the grandson of Boor Singh.
3. The evasive statements made before me throw serious doubts on the identity of Dalip Singh. The only thing that emerges with certainty is that the claim has been master-minded by Hazara Singh, who got a Power of Attorney executed first in favour of his son Manjeet Singh and later on in his own favour. Surprisingly the Managing Officer found nothing wrong with a claim being projected after a lapse of more than 40 years, and that too through a power of Attorney rather than the claimant personally. The Managing Officer did not find it necessary to summon Dalip Singh even once and chose to rely on Hazara Singh and the 1-D statement prepared by Kuldip Singh, who was a junior functionary in the Revenue Department. The fact that Hazara Singh repeatedly appeared before the Managing Officer even though the Power of Attorney was in favour of his son Manjeet Singh shows that Hazara Singh was known to the Managing Officer and/or was a familiar figure around the Department. Hazara Singh is also Power of Attorney in another claim relating to Beant Kaur daughter of Dhanda Singh also of Kapurthala. That claim has also been found to be bogus on 24.1.2001.
4. In the totality of circumstances it becomes quite evident that the claim has been agitated in a fraudulent manner by Hazara Singh who was so sanguine in the belief that no questions would be asked that he did not hesitate to present a person of doubtful identity even before me, and also brought with him a Lambardar of another village to establish his own identity. It was only when it was found by him that the statements of all three were being reduced to writing that both Balwant Singh and Hazara Singh got cold feet and failed to certify that the person present was Dalip Singh son of Ganga Singh. The claim of Dalip Singh as espoused by Manjeet Singh and thereafter by Hazara Singh does not stand the test of detailed scrutiny and the order of the Managing Officer is accordingly set aside.
To be communicated by Registered post, as also through process.
Financial Commissioner Revenue,
the 8th May, 2001 Punjab.