Leasing of public lands by civic bodies, Karnataka HC seeks comprehensive report

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BANGALORE: Expressing concern over loss of revenue records, especially in relation to valuable lands leased out by civic bodies across the state, the Karnataka high court has granted three months time for them to submit a comprehensive report.

Justice Huluvadi G Ramesh has directed the civic bodies across the state, including the BBMP to file the report regarding land leases issued by them by September 3.

“Often it is noticed that lease conditions are violated and undue advantage is being taken by the lessee either by sub-leasing or destroying the records or creating fresh records. To overcome this, the heads of departments are directed to have a comprehensive report of those leases at taluk level and town panchayat level to see that they are protected, scanned and digitized for easy access for the public,” the judge has said.

Regarding complaints about missing records at government offices, the judge has noted that a confidential survey has to be conducted so as to re-build the records as per the procedure contemplated in the revenue code. The court is hearing a decade old petition, wherein the petitioner has challenged the endorsement given by the authorities citing that a particular record sought by him is missing.

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