JAIPUR: Kamleshwar Nath Pathak (72), who suffers from a chronic kidney ailment, has no other option than to join a protest to attain possession of his plot in Secretariat Nagar, which he had purchased nearly 17 years ago from a coloniser.

Pathak is among 3,500 aggrieved plot owners who invested in a housing society colony where lease deeds were claimed to be distributed by the then chief minister in 2003.

On Tuesday, the plot owners announced to intensify their protest and sought permission from police administration to carry out a car rally along with their family members demanding justice. These owners are requesting chief minister Ashok Gehlot to constitute a high-level committee to probe the land fraud.

In the scheme, the cooperative society had proposed to develop around 4,200 plots but Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) issued lease deeds to around 700 plot owners. Since then the remaining investors are running from pillar to post for receiving possession of their plots. Ashok Mehta, a member of the Secretariat Sangharsh Samiti said, “The lease deeds were distributed by the then chief minister Ashok Gehlot during the camp. On January 7, 2010, the layout plan of the society was approved. However, office bearers of the Muhna Housing Cooperative Co-operative Society are not giving possession of the land,” he said.

The victims, who remain deprived of their plots, had staged a protest outside the assembly on July 19 2019, following which CM Gehlot took immediate action and handed over the case to the registrar of cooperative societies.

For speedy redressal and investigation into the matter, three departmental committees were constituted. A plot owner said “The committees have completed their task. Now, the investigation will be carried out by a high-powered committee which will comprise an additional chief secretary-rank officer. The committee will be constituted on the directions of chief minister. We have requested to hear our plea at the earliest as plot owners are waiting for past many years,” he said.



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