Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Land grant in Challakere challenged

TNN Sep 23, 2012, 02.10AM IST

BANGALORE: A division bench headed by Chief Justice Vikramajit Sen ordered notice to the state government, DRDO, IISc, Isro, Barc (Mysore), KSSIDC and KHB with regard to a PIL challenging the government's grant of 8,932 acres of land to these institutions at various villages in Challakere taluk of Chitradurga district. The bench also asked the government advocate to inform the court whether any land is left for cattle grazing.

The petitioners, All India Kisan Sabha, Karnataka state committee, claimed these lands are essentially gomaal (pasture) lands used for grazing of cattle/sheep, a major occupation in an arid area where the average annual rainfall is only 573mm.
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