HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh Land Grabbing (Prohibition) Act, 1982, has been repealed by the Telangana state government on Wednesday.
This is the second Act that was repealed by the state government. The state government repealed the Bangaru Talli Act recently.
As per the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014, the state government can adapt combined AP Acts without referring them to the State Legislative Assembly before June 2, 2016. The state government felt that the AP Land Grabbing (Prohibition) Act, 1982 is not being implemented in its true spirit.
The Land Grabbing Act was enacted to arrest and curb the unlawful activities of land grabbers from their organised attempts to grab either by force or by deceit or otherwise, lands belonging to government and other state agencies.
The objective of the Act was to dispose of the case of land grabbing within six months. The TS government noticed that the aim of constituting special courts and special tribunals for disposal of land grabbing cases within the prescribed period is not achieved and there are instances that took years in taking cognisance of the cases itself.
The objective and purpose of the enactment of Land Grabbing Act was not achieved and the state government has decided to repeal the same.
All the cases pending before special courts and tribunals, constituted as part of Land Grabbing Act, were transferred to City Civil Court, respective district courts and the High Court.
Meanwhile, the state government adapted several other Acts numbering around 30 on Wednesday.