Telangana HC summons Collector, Tahsildar to seem before it in land case

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The Telangana state supreme court has ordered the District Collector of Siddipet and therefore the Tahsildar of Gajwel to personally appear on August 22, 2022, to elucidate their errors and also the harassment caused to a petitioner for not removing his land holding from the restricted list on Dharani portal.

Justice M. Sudheer Kumar gave the direction in a very petition filed by Dumbala Indrasena Reddy of Mutrajpally Village, Gajwel mandal in Siddipet district.

The petitioner took recourse to the legal remedy after respondents rejected his application for removal of his land of an extent of three acres and seven guntas in Sy. No.210 of Mutrajpally Village, Gajwel mandal, Siddipet district from the restricted list on Dharani portal.

On August 29, 2019, a preliminary notification was issued under the Land Acquisition Act 2013 to amass 2.5 guntas of the petitioner’s land for the development of the Konda Pochamma Sagar Reservoir’s distributory canal. However, no further action was taken on the expired preliminary notification.

However, because of the preliminary notification, the complete extent of the three acres and seven guntas has been placed on the restricted list and has been automatically sealed in Dharani.

Despite many inquiries, responders didn't take any action. 

The Assistant Government Pleader (AGP) provided written directions informing the court that the preliminary notification had expired in 2020 which the petitioner might re-apply through Mee Seva. 

Following the hearing of the AGP, the court expressed its unhappiness with the respondents’ approach of harassing residents and denying applications without explaining any grounds, additionally as placing the whole extent of the three acres and seven guntas within the prohibited list while only 2.5 guntas of land was notified.