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Allahabad HC seeks UP govt's reply on plea challenging recent ordinance on government land policy

The ordinance prescribes that there will be no freehold of government land and no extension of the lease after the lease period ends.

Edited By: Raju Kumar @rajudelhi123 Allahabad Updated on: March 19, 2024 23:53 IST
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The Allahabad High Court on Tuesday sought a response from the Uttar Pradesh government on a petition challenging a recent ordinance changing its government land policy also known as the Nazul land policy. The court heard a petition filed by one Ashok Tahiliani on March 15.

Nazul means any land or building that is the property of the government. It also includes all properties in respect of which lease, licence or occupancy has been granted under any law as the government may declare by notification.

This move is intended to ensure that Nazul lands, once the lease period expires, are vested in the State.

A division bench comprising justices Saumitra Dayal Singh and Surendra Singh directed to put up the case on April 5 for the next hearing.

During the course of hearing, Tahiliani's counsel Rahul Sripat contended that the present case is an urgent one as there is imminent threat of demolition of structures.

However, Chief Standing Counsel Kunal Ravi Singh and Standing Counsel Nimai Das, while appearing for the state government, said as on date, no steps have been taken to evict the petitioner or to demolish any construction.

On March 7, the state government had notified the Uttar Pradesh Nazul Properties (Management and Utilization for Public Purposes) Ordinance, 2024, by which any Nazul land would not be converted into freehold in favour of any private persons or private entities.

Besides, there would also be no extension of the lease of Nazul land after the expiry of the lease period.

(With PTI inputs)

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