Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Harpoons are out to get the sharks

Harpoons are out to get the sharks
Land Grabbers Will Soon Be Booked Long-Pending Bill May Be Passed Shortly

Bangalore: Land grabbers, many of whom went scotfree all this while, may now end up behind bars for laying their hands on prime government land. The jinxed A T Ramaswamy committee report on encroachments will come to life again.
An exclusive Act to deal with land grabbing and establish a special court to prosecute violators is on the anvil. The Karnataka Land Grabbing (Prohibition) Bill 2007, that’s awaiting the President’s nod, is expected to get through by October.
What’s more, a task force has been set up to prevent encroachments. The body headed by retired IAS officer V Balasubramanian was approved by a government order on September 19. The entire state will fall under its jurisdiction.
To begin with, the task force will commission a survey of government lands in Karnataka, barring Bangalore. For Bangalore Urban, the data collected by the former joint legislature committee on encroachments, headed by Ramaswamy, will be used.
“We had the first meeting today (Tuesday) and I will write to all the deputy commissioners of districts to send me a report on the status of government lands. Since Bangalore data is available, action will be taken against land grabbers. With the formation of a special court to look into such cases, the punishment will be stringent,” Balasubramanian said. RECOVERY GAME BEGINS
Task force will use data collected by the A T Ramaswamy panel and bring the guilty to book People can write to them at II floor, Bangalore Urban DC’s office; 22114233/22214516/22221425 It has set a deadline of one year to complete the task It will not auction/sell government land after retrieval as real estate mafia known to buy the land
One of the landmark provisions of the Karnataka Land Grabbing (Prohibition) Bill is the setting up of a fast-track court to try cases of government land encroachment. With a deadline of six months to dispose of a case, the court will be headed by a retired HC or SC judge. All criminal and civil cases relating to government land encroachments pending in other courts will be transferred to the special court. The accused can be sent to jail for a period of three years


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