J&K HC issues notice state government after PIL malpractices in Revenue Dept

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Srinagar:The J&K High Court on Wednesday issued notice to the state government over a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) alleging malpractices in the Revenue Department.

The PIL, filed by Jammu & Kashmir People’s Forum through its Secretary General MM Shuja, submitted that the petitioner organisation is aggrieved of various malpractices in vogue in the revenue department, more particularly about attestation of mutations, maintenance of records, and non-adherence to provisions of law.

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The petitioner’s counsel, Shafkat Nazir, highlighted violation of Section 138 of Transfer of Property Act, Non-issuance of Passbooks to landholders as per Section 21-A of J&K Land Revenue Act, and non-digitisation of revenue records.

Counsel Nazir made a submission through the petition that Section 138 of J&K Transfer of Property Act forbids transfer of title of any immovable property if such transfer is not supported by an instrument registered legally by the registering authority prescribed by the Registration Act.

The petition stated that most of the Patwaris, Girdawars and even Naib Tehsildars had created their own separate kingdom in their respective jurisdictions and consider themselves above every law and rule, with the result that not only the public suffers but also a considerable loss is caused to the state exchequer.