Trader ‘breaks open seal of resumed property’, gets 3-yr jail

The Sessions Court on Friday rejected the appeal of Subhash Chander Kataria, a trader, and sentenced him to three-months imprisonment on charges of breaking open the seal of a resumed property and occupying it. Kataria was convicted by a lower court under the Public Permission for Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants Act, following which he moved an appeal to the sessions court.

An officer of the Indian Administrative Services, Ashish Kunder, had filed a complaint with the Senior Superintendent of Police on June 23, 2006, alleging that Kataria had taken over property in Sector 32, which was resumed by the UT Administration.

A property in Sector 32 was leased to Kataria in an open auction on December 20, 1975. The premium amount of the lease was Rs 18, 000. Kataria had paid 25 per cent of the premium amount and he was handed over the allotment papers of the property.

Failing to pay the rest of the instalments, the lease of the site was cancelled on July 3, 1978. This matter was then referred to the Estate Office, Chandigarh. The estate office issued an eviction notice on January 1, 1982.

The property was sealed on March 16, 1982. However, Kataria broke open the seal and illegally took possession of the property. Kataria was stated guilty by a local court, and he moved an appeal to the sessions court. The court rejected the appeal and sentenced him to three-months imprisonment.

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