Activist Ashok Pathak alleged that approximately an eight-bigha of land in Kushalgarh area is registered as a government land in revenue record, which originally was with the minister’s grandfather Tej Singh.
Tej Singh, who died in 2009, had surrendered the surplus land, which also included Kushalgarh, to the government in 2005 as per the order of Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Alwar, in accordance with a ceiling case.
Citing documents obtained through RTI, Pathak told reporters that despite the surrender, Jitendra Singh showed the land as the property in the name of his wife in the affidavit submitted before the returning officer at the time of filing nomination for the Parliamentary elections in 2009.
He alleged the land, located in the core of Sariska Park, was given on lease to a man on a rent of Rs 50,000 per month who is running a hotel and a bar on the land.
“The commercial activities on the land are illegal. It is a government land encroached by the minister,” the activist said.
The minister rejected the allegation completely calling it “malafide” and “contemptuous”.
“The ownership of the said piece of land in Kushalgarh, District Alwar, has always vested legally with the erstwhile royal family of Alwar and there has never been any dispute regarding this,” Singh said in a statement.
“The government of Rajasthan (then a BJP government) initiated action for transfer of ownership of the said private land as government land and directed Tej Singh Ji to surrender the surplus land as per the decision. This order was mainly based on a forged and fraudulent surrender letter purportedly issued by Tej Singh Ji.
“It was a fraudulent and forged surrender on the basis of which his khatedari land wasentered as siwai-chak. Tej Singh Ji was not medically fit as per the report by the medical board, General Hospital, Alwar and this medical report has been upheld by the Supreme Court of India thus settling this issue finally,” the minister said.
He said Nayab Tehsildar, Alwar, also passed an order for encroachment under section 91 of the Rajasthan Land Revenue Act in 2007 ignoring those facts.
“On appeal, the District Collector cancelled the order of Nayab Tehsildar in 2009. The question of encroachment on government land, therefore, does not exist. It is, therefore, apparent that this property is the undisputed personal property and the matter is still sub judice,” Singh said terming the allegation as “politically motivated”.