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JAMMU, July 4 (JNF): Division Bench of State High Court today granted three weeks time to state for filling compliance report in Public Interest Litigation (PIL) regarding alleged land-grabbing.

PIL has been filed alleging nexus between politicians, police officers, bureaucrats in connivance with land mafia and underworld in various parts of J&K.

Division Bench of State High Court comprising Justice Mansoor Ahmed Mir and Justice Tashi Rabstan today observed that Deputy Commissioner (DC) Kathua has filed affidavit. Division Bench also disposed of petition filed by RB Educational Trust Kathua challenging the order dated March 5, 2013 passed by Deputy Commissioner (DC) Kathua contrary to the provisions of Agrarian Reforms Act.

While disposing the petition filed by RB Educational Trust Kathua, Division Bench observed that Senior Advocate Sunil Sethi appearing for the petitioner has sought quashment of impugned order dated March 5, 2013 on the ground of competency and jurisdiction of Deputy Commissioner Kathua who had passed the said order. AAG HA Siddiqui appearing for the respondent stated that Deputy Commissioner Kathua has accepted the objections and the case stands transferred to ACR and his statement is taken on record.

Division Bench observed that in the given circumstances, this petition has become in-fructuous and order impugned has lost its efficacy, ACR Kathua is liberty to pass fresh order and quashed the impugned order issued by Deputy Commissioner Kathua.

Advocate SS Ahmed, Advocate SK Shukla appeared for the petitioners whereas Senior AAG Gagan Basotra, AAG HA Siddiqui appeared for the state. Senior Advocate Sunil Sethi with Advocate Parimoksh Seth appeared for the RB Educational Trust.

News Updated at : Friday, July 5, 2013
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