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HC notice over sale of land to Tibetan refugees

Shimla Acting on a petition challenging the permission granted to a few Tibetan refugees to purchase land in the state, the Himachal Pradesh High Court on Tuesday issued notices to the Tibetan government in exile, Government of India and Himachal Pradesh Government.

The court directed that all the land purchase deals to be approved by the deputy commissioners or other revenue authorities in the near future would be conditional and subject to the final outcome of the decision of the court on the petition.

The court has further directed all respondents to file their reply within two months. The matter has been listed for March 21, 2011.

Petition was filed by Pawan Kumar, resident of Rewalsar in Mandi district and came up for hearing today before the division bench of Chief Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice V K Ahuja.

The petition highlights cases of about 24 Tibetan refugees who have been allotted land in alleged violation of section 118 of the Himachal Pradesh Tenancy and Land Reforms Act, as per which non-Himachalis cannot buy land without special permission of the state government. Petitioner has claimed that Tibetan refugees staying mainly in Shimla, Dharamshala and Mcleodgang, Kullu-Manali and Riwalsar have purchased land on their name in connivance of revenue authorities, by producing forged documents in violation of the law.

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