Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Why haste in probing Etala land case: HC Questions Government

  • House motion by Jamuna Hatcheries in HC
  • Don’t take any coercive steps against petitioners, says HC
  • 120 acre survey in single day? HC expresses shock
  • Next hearing posted to July 8th

Hyderabad: Former minister Etala Rajender gets a breather from High Court after it directed government not to take any coercive steps until further orders. Jamuna Hatcheries filed a house motion PIL against conducting survey and inspecting lands without prior notice to them. Justice Vinod kumar observed that there was a clear violation of Articles 14 (equality before Law), 19 (freedom of expression), 21 ( protection of life and personal liberty) and 300-A ( Persons not to be deprived of property saved by law) of the constitution and also section 153 of Telangana State Land Revenue Act.

Medak collector criticised

High Court came strongly against Medak Collector and other Government officials for completing the survey and submitting the report within 24 hrs. How can a collector complete survey of 120 acres within 24hrs? Usually for 18 acres it will take 48 hours to do survey, it is really shocking, has he written the report by sitting in a car? HC questioned Officials. Court pulled up officials for inspecting lands without issuing prior notices to Jamuna Hatcheries who filed petition against trespassing into their lands by Medak Collector with revenue officials.

No coercive steps

The High Court also directed officials not to take any coercive steps against petitioner based on the report given by Medak Collector and officials which was done on May 1st and 2nd. Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) ordered immediate inquiry into the land grabbing allegations against Etala Rajender and asked the officials to submit a report immdiately. KCR instructed Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar to get an inquiry done by District Collector about complaint of encroachment of lands near Achampet in Masaipet Mandal of Medak district. CM also instructed Vigilance DGP Purnachander Rao to find out the truth.

Followed CM’s orders

Court wondered if the CS, Collectors and other officials showed such quick response to all complaints brought to their notice. This observation was made by Court after the officials said that report was made within 24 hours after CM K. Chandrasekha Rao ordered an inquiry. Advocate General responded to observation of HC by saying that it was a preliminary report and the final report will be submitted following the due course of Law.


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