Telangana High Court recently pulled up the state government and its revenue authorities for not following the proper judicial procedure of notifying landowners before passing orders in respect to their properties.
Notification Is a Must
A high court bench, comprising Chief Justice Hima Koli and Justice B Vijaysen Reddy, gave this interim direction while hearing a PIL petition filed by one N Srinivasa Rao from Bhadradri Kothagudem district, who challenged the quick 30-day disposal of pending land litigation cases without notifying or hearing the parties concerned.
The counsel for the petitioner also expressed concern regarding the procedure followed by revenue department officials and said that revenue officials, acting as tribunals, should always follow proper method while trying to dispose of old litigations. Advocate General BS Prasad, however, defended the system, arguing that it has successfully resolved several age-old litigations. While the hearing has been adjourned till March 18, the bench, nonetheless, refused to issue a stay order on the orders passed by the tribunal.
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