lands won’t be denotified
Bangalore: In a move that
will put an end to the increasing requests from landowners
whose lands have been acquired by the government, the law
department has directed all other departments not to entertain
requests for denotifying lands already acquired for developmental
A circular, signed by law secretary D’Souza Robinson,
has been sent to the heads of other departments on Monday.
“Denotifying lands, which have already been subjected
to acquisition proceedings under sections 15 (A) and 48(1)
of the Land Acquisition Act and taken possession of by the
acquiring agency, is illegal”, the circular read.
In fact, such requests had touched its peak in the backdrop
of land being acquired for the Bangalore – Mysore Infrastructure
Corridor Project and for the formation of Arkavathy Layout
in Bangalore. Several influential persons, whose properties
had been notified, hobnobbed with those in power and had got
their lands denotified.
Talking on the circular here on Monday, law and parliamentary
affairs minister H.K.Patil said: “ Provisions of the
Land Acquistion Act and various Supreme Court verdicts have
made it clear that lands cannot be denotified once they are
taken possession of by the acquiring agency. But still, order
departments keep referring denotification requests to the
law department unaware of the status of law.”
Patil had received more than half – a – dozen
such files seeking the law department’s opinion on the
However, patil remained mum when asked if the circular had
been issued in the wake of a controversy over the government
withdrawing more than 2,400 acres of land given to BMIC project
and following the demand to reconvey surplus land to the owners.
“The circular is not aimed at any particular project.”