Karnataka sets up special court to handle land grab cases

BENGALURU: With the ongoing demolition drive getting ensnared in litigations, the government has decided to establish two special courts to try land grab cases. These courts will handle cases under the Karnataka Land Grabbing (Prohibition) Act and trials will be completed in six months.

Law minister TB Jayachandra said on Monday that the special courts will augment the government’s drive against encroachment of storm water drains and lakes. “Encroachments have happened not only in Bengaluru but in many other parts of the state. We will extend the demolition drive to such areas. As the probability of land owners trying to obtain stay from courts is quite high, we feel the special courts will ensure speedy disposal of such cases and help government in clearing encroachments,” he said.

The first such special court in Bengaluru will start functioning from August 31. Retired high court judges will head the courts to be set up at Kandaya Bhavan in Bengaluru.

The anti-encroachment drive has been caught in a legal wrangle with many people approaching courts stating that their properties were demolished despite them having procured building plans and other permissions from the civic agency.

‘Dead lakes can’t be reclaimed’

The legislative committee on encroachment of government lands, headed by speaker KB Koliwad, has categorized lakes as live lakes and defunct lakes. The classification has been been done to avoid confusion over the types of lake encroachments. “Some lakes have been developed as layouts by the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) and cannot be reclaimed. They have been classified as defunct/dead lakes. At the same time, the drive against encroachment of drains cannot be stopped,” Koliwad said. On reports that land allotted to bureaucrats in Arkavathy Layout being located on a storm water drain, Koliwad said he has sought a report on the issue.

Credits ET Realty

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