Hyderabad, January 6

In a major setback to the Telangana State government, the High Court has ruled that the government can no longer purchase lands under GOMS No 123 for the construction of irrigation projects.

The court faulted the government’s move to register lands in the names of MROs by taking their signatures on white papers, as per GO No 123.

The Advocate General said they have issued GO No 190 and 191 to various farm labourers and people belonging to various professions, who eke out a living on lands. But the petitioners’ lawyers argued that the government has no right to collect land through GO as per Article 298. They pointed out that the government is making agreement against the Contract Act Section 23.

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The Advocate General informed the court that registration of 3,000 acres was already completed. After hearing the arguments, the court said that these are interim orders only and final arguments could be heard on how the registrations were made later.

The government is planning to introduce 2016 land acquisition act, as an alternate to 2013 land acquisition act and trying to get the President’s green signal. At the same time, All India Lawyers Association is also going to meet the President to request him not to accept 2016 land acquisition act.

But the Telangana government, undaunted by High court orders, is going ahead with its land pooling. The experts observed that at least now the government should pool up lands as per 2013 Act and to do justice to land losers.

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