Special courts on anvil to try land-grab cases

Special courts on anvil to try land-grab cases

 The Karnataka government has sought permission from the Centre to set up special courts in the State for trying cases pertaining to land grabbing.

The special court will be headed by a sitting High Court judge assisted by two district and sessions judge and two deputy commissioners. The proposal has been mooted as part of the Land Grabbing Prohibition Bill, 2007, Law Minister T B Jayachandra said here on Thursday.

The minister said the government had identified as much as 13,25,339 acres of land to have been encroached upon. “Of this, we have so far reclaimed 1,00,555 acres while 7,54, 603 acres of land is listed for regularisation under the land regularisation scheme.

These cases will be taken up by the respective Assembly constituency-level committees,” Jayachandra said.

Pending litigation

Apart from this, the government yet to recover around 4.5 lakh hectares of encroached land. Besides, 1,400 acres are under litigation in various courts.

The minister said the Land Grabbing Prohibition Bill was passed by both the Houses of the Legislature in 2007. The Union government had sought some clarification on the bill before giving its consent. While the State government furnished the clarifications immediately, the proposal itself was shelved.