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JAMMU: A Division Bench (DB) of State High Court comprising Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Tashi Rabstan on Friday directed all Deputy Commissioners to file objections within four weeks in the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Atul Gupta challenging rules for issuance of Permanent Residence Certificate (PRC).
Advocate Sumit Nayyar appeared for the PIL whereas Senior Additional Advocate General S.S Nanda represented the State.
In the PIL it has been submitted that a direction be given to revenue authorities to simplify the procedure in getting PRC by adhering to Clause-I of Sub Rule 3 of Section 3 of J&K for grant of PRC (procedural rules) 1968 and issue PRCs to all permanent residents whose fathers/grandfathers are permanent residents of J&K and are residing in the State.
It was also submitted that the revenue authorities should not insist upon applicants to produce the record of 1944 and the voter list of 1951 as the same were irrelevant and did not serve any purpose and further argued that as per the rules of 1968, word ‘may’ has been written which means if the issuance authority is not satisfied by the statement made in the application supported by the affidavit, only then these decades back records are required. He argued that for youngster how it would be possible to get the old record of 1944 and the voter list of 1951 when his father and grandfather are already the State Subject holders and why they have been put to harassment by asking for one record or the other.
Upon this, the bench issued notices to the revenue authorities and directed the revenue authorities to file reply.
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