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Karnataka Seeks Centre Nod for Special Courts to Try Land Grabbing Cases

Published: 22nd May 2014 04:57 PM  |   Last Updated: 22nd May 2014 04:57 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

BANGALORE: Karnataka Government would try to prevail upon the Central government to allow it to set up special courts to try cases of encroachment of government land and to get Presidential nod for the Karnataka Land Grabbing (Prohibition) Bill, 2011, passed by the legislature.

"I will visit Delhi to meet the Union Home Secretary to prevail over the importance of setting up special courts to try cases of encroachment of government land and to get Presidential nod for the bill," state Parliamentary Affairs Minister T B Jayachandra told reporters here.

Jayachandra said the Centre had sought a clarification in December 2012 on the setting up of a special court. "We have already sent the clarification to them and also sent my officials to meet the union Home Secretary," he said.

He said the special court would comprise deputy commissioners and judicial authorities, especially retired or serving judges in any court.

The decision to set up special courts was taken after freedom fighter H S Doreswamy and former MLA A T Ramaswamy and others staged a protest in February in front of the chambers of Jayachandra demanding immediate steps to get Presidential assent for the Bill.

They had alleged that government was not serious about tackling land grabbing and was indifferent towards the Bill.

Ramaswamy, who headed the Joint Legislature Committee on government land encroachment, had urged the ministers to act immediately, saying that in Bangalore, 8,834 acres of Revenue Department land was found to be encroached upon.

Ramaswamy had said powerful persons had also encroached the land with impunity and with the alleged help of government officials.

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