SC Notifies Gujarat on Land Law

01 Jun 2024

The Supreme Court recently issued a notice to the Gujarat government regarding an appeal against the Gujarat Land Grabbing (Prohibition) Act, 2020. This appeal challenges the constitutional validity and the enforcement practices of the law.

The Gujarat Land Grabbing (Prohibition) Act, 2020, introduced stringent measures to curb illegal land acquisition. It aims to protect landowners from coercive practices and ensure justice for victims of land grabbing. However, the law has faced criticism for its implementation and alleged misuse, particularly in private property disputes.

Petitioners argue that the Act is being misapplied to settle private disputes rather than focusing on encroachments on government land. The Gujarat High Court had previously questioned the state on this matter, highlighting concerns over the selective application of the law. The court noted that while private land disputes were being rigorously pursued, cases involving government land were seemingly neglected.

This scrutiny from the Supreme Court comes after multiple complaints and legal challenges, suggesting that the Act may infringe on constitutional rights and be used for harassment. Critics argue that without proper checks and balances, such laws can be misused, leading to unjust criminal proceedings against individuals in civil disputes.

The notice by the Supreme Court marks a significant development in the ongoing debate over the Land Grabbing Act's fairness and effectiveness. It underscores the need for a balanced approach that upholds the law?s intent to prevent land grabbing while protecting individuals from potential misuse.

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