Court sends bailiff to get Rana Gurjit’s son to vacate rented house

By 6th July 2017 0 Comments


Punjab Power Minister Rana Gurjit Singh has landed himself in a yet another controversy. Four months since his son had lost a case in the court of Additional Civil Judge (Senior Division)-cum-Rent Controller Jalandhar, a bailiff on Wednesday went to the plush house that he and his family have been occupying in the city to get it vacated and hand over its possession to the owner, a retired Army officer. Brig Ranjit Singh Ghuman (retd), a resident of Chandimandir, had moved the court for getting the house vacated on August 28, 2015. The orders had been declared in his favour on March 10 .

The complainant said he had leased out house number 14 of Defence Colony to the minister’s son Rana Inder Partap Singh on April 1, 2014 at a monthly rent of Rs 4,500.
Brig Ghuman said he was to retire from the service on September 30, 2015 on attaining superannuation and wanted to live in his own house. He even got a legal notice issued in July 2015 asking Rana Inder Partap to vacate the house in a month, but to no effect.
He therefore sought invoking of Section 22 of the Punjab Rent Act.
This is the same house from where Rana had been operating in Jalandhar when he became Lok Sabha MP in 2004. Even after becoming a Punjab minister, he kept holding press conferences from the house.
The counsel for the minister’s son had argued that since the rent agreement was unregistered, the benefits of the provision of Section 22 of the Act could not be given to the petitioner.
However, the court of Additional Civil Judge Aashish Abrol on March 10 had opined, “Non-registration of rent agreement cannot lay embargo on the right of the petitioner to seek ejectment. Petition for ejectment is maintainable. Respondent is directed to hand over vacant possession of property in dispute to petitioner within two months from the date of order.”
After the Ranas had refused to move out and the complainant had sought execution of the orders, the court had directed the bailiff “to put Brig Ranjit Singh Ghuman in possession of the house. You are authorised to remove any person bound by decree who may refuse to vacate the same”.
Rana Inder Partap, son of Rana Gurjit Singh who is also the richest Punjab MLA with assets worth Rs 170 crore, said his family was putting up on rent in the house for the past 20 years. “We had got most items from the house shifted about 15 days back. By Monday, we will vacate it completely,” he said.
Even as the copy of the order stated that the Ranas had been given the house on lease of Rs 4,500 per month, Rana Inder Partap Singh said he was paying Rs 45,000 monthly and it could be a typing error.
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