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Karnataka High Court Directs Restoration Possession of 354 Acres to Bajaj Trust Discarding Land Tribunal Order

Lawstreet Journal 16 Jul 2021 12:09am

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The Karnataka High Court has ordered the authorities to hand over 354 acres and 10 guntas of land held by Jamnalal Bajaj Seva Trust off Magadi Road immediately, calling the Land Tribunal's (Bengaluru North) position "reprehensible."

The chief secretary has also been directed to take appropriate corrective action and ensure that revenue officers serving as members or secretaries of such land tribunals are properly apprised of the legal position.

“In the case of Ran Vijay Singh and others vs. State of Uttar Pradesh and others, the Supreme Court exclaimed, ‘What a shambles! This is also true in this case,” Justice PS Dinesh Kumar stated.

The judge ruled that it is unconstitutional for a tribunal to disregard any direction given by the HC to consider the report pertaining to those lands, which stated that they are rocky and uncultivable.

“According to the application submitted to the Collector (DC), Wardha, the purpose of purchasing the land is to establish an ashram near Bengaluru. There is no cultivable land depicted in the revenue report or survey sketch. Despite this court's order, the tribunal has refused to consider the report,” the judge added.

Excess property claim

The Land Tribunal issued its third order declaring these lands surplus on November 28, 2017, but it was not communicated to the trust. The trust found out about it from a newspaper article published on December 7, 2017.

On the same day, revenue officials arrived at the campus and prepared three mahazars before taking possession of the land.… Continue Reading...

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