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BJP Leader And Ex- Deputy CM Nirmal Singh Gets Demolish Notice Of ‘Illegally’ Constructed Palatial Bungalow At Nagrota

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The Jammu Development Authority (JDA) has sent a notice to former deputy Chief Minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, Nirmal Singh, asking him to remove the illegally constructed house within five days.

The JDA in a notice, dated 08-12-2021, reads that in case the illegal construction is not removed within five days, the JDA will utilize its enforcement wing for the removal.

The demolition notice served to Singh under section 7 (3) of control of Building Operation Act, 1988, reads that Singh has not attained valid permission from the competent authority as prescribed under law.

“Now, therefore in exercise of power conferred under section 7 (3) Control of Building Operation Act, 1988 read with Resolution No. JDA/CTP/BPC/26-B dated: 06-10-2007 of the Building Operations Controlling Authority Jammu Local Area you are hereby directed to remove the illegal construction on your own level within five days from the date of issuance of the order,” reads the notice.

As per reports, Dr Nirmal Singh and his family had moved into the new bungalow, near the Army’s ammunition sub-depot (ASD), on July 23, 2021. The house is built on 2,000-square meters next to the Army’s ammunition sub depot in Nagrota. The plot is part of land measuring 12 acres, purchased by some senior BJP leaders through a company named Himgiri Infrastructure Development Limited, of which Mamta Singh was a shareholder.

The company had taken a term loan of Rs 18.50 crore along with a cash credit facility of Rs 56.83 lakh from Jammu and Kashmir Bank in 2012 to set up a power project in Himachal’s Chamba district. The Indian Express had reported on May 14, 2018, that the account was declared a non-performing asset in December 2017.

Even though the High Court had in May 2018 directed the authorities to ensure “strict implementation” of a 2015 notification barring the general public from construction within 1,000 yards of defence works.

The May 7, 2018 HC order was in response to a writ petition filed by the Centre, challenging the construction of a bungalow on the site. The petition stated that the under-construction house was only 580 yards from the perimeter boundary wall of the ASD in Nagrota. The petition was filed after civil and police officials did not stop construction activity from being carried out by Mamta Singh, wife of Nirmal Singh, then-Speaker of J&K Assembly, despite written requests from top Army officials at Nagrota-based 16 Corps Headquarters.

The Centre moved HC twice — on May 15, 2018, and December 20, 2018 — seeking initiation of contempt proceedings against officials of the then state government for willfully not implementing the court’s May 7 order.

The court issued notice to then Jammu Divisional Commissioner Hemant Sharma; Jammu Deputy Commissioner Kumar Rajeev Ranjan; and then Jammu SSP Vivek Gupta and asked them to file a compliance report.

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