State Times NewsJAMMU: In a significant order, the Division Bench of J&K High Court comprising Chief Justice Gita Mittal and First Puisne Judge Justice Rajesh Bindal (through video-conferencing) directed Government of J&K to ensure that all encroached land viz measuring 154 Kanals JDA land comprised in Khasra No.781 situated at Village Deeli (Marble Market) Jammu, as highlighted in Civil Miscellaneous Application No. 1972/2020 arising out of PIL No. 19/2011 be retrieved in accordance with law.When the much publicised CM No. 1972/2020 came up for hearing, Advocate Sheikh Shakeel Ahmed, appearing for petitioner, submitted that the issue raised in the application is regarding encroachment of prime JDA land measuring 154 Kanals situated in Village Deeli (Khasra No. 781) which has been encroached upon by ‘Bigwigs’ in connivance with JDA and Revenue Department and since 2004, JDA has preferred to maintain silence and never took serious steps to retrieve this important piece of land, which is under illegal occupation of ‘Big Sharks’.Advocate Ahmed further submitted that recently because of indulgence shown by Division Bench, the Revenue Department has woken up from deep slumber and Deputy Commissioner Jammu has constituted a demarcation commission to identify encroached 154 Kanals of JDA land.The Division Bench headed by Chief Justice Gita Mittal, after considering submissions of Advocate S S Ahmed and Senior AAG S S Nanda and AAG Raman Sharma appearing for Government of J&K, observed and directed that the issues raised in the application (CM No.1972/2020 in PIL No.19/2011) have already been dealt with and directions issued for appropriate inquiry by CBI in Judgment dated October, 9, 2020 passed in IA No. 48/2014, CM No. 4036 and 4065/2020 in PIL No. 19/2011. The Division Bench further directed, “Needless to say, the respondents shall ensure that all encroached land is retrieved in accordance with law.”While taking up CM No. 4519/2020 seeking digitisation of Revenue Records in UT of J&K, the Division Bench observed that Dr Pawan Kotwal-Principal Secretary to Govt, Revenue Department has informed that the process of digitisation of revenue records is underway.The DB headed by Chief Justice Gita Mittal further directed the Revenue Department to file an affidavit in this regard within two days from today, disclosing the manner in which Tehsil-wise digitisation is being effected and posted in public domain.The DB further directed that Revenue Department will ensure that all revenue records including all applications and documents under Roshini Act, 2001 are kept secured and safe and are not lost/tempered with/ damaged/ destroyed in any manner whatsoever. The DB further directed that a copy of the order be sent to the Chief Secretary, Secretary Revenue and Divisional Commissioner Jammu as well as Divisional Commissioner Kashmir. Looking into the importance of the matter, the DB directed Registry to re-notify instant PIL on October, 15, 2020.
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