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HC imposes status quo on land dispute in Dimapur

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DIMAPUR, AUGUST 22: The Kohima Bench of Gauhati High Court has ordered to maintain status quo in the land dispute between a resident of Dimapur and the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of India (NSABI) and barred district officials from cancelling the disputed land’s patta until the next hearing.
According to Court records, the petition was filed by Honito Shohe.
“The case of the petitioner in brief is that he has been in possession of plot of land since the year 1989. The said land was regularised in the name of the petitioner by order dated March 8, 2010, issued by the office of the Deputy Commissioner, Dimapur, and consequent to which the Patta No. 1683, Dag No. 19/1845 in Block No-9, Mouza No. 2 was issued to the petitioner.
“It is the case of the petitioner that he has been paying land revenue on the land allotted to him and the said land is in possession of the attorney holder of the petitioner. It is further the case of the petitioner that some time in the year 2022, the respondent No. 4 (NSABI) started raising a claim on the said land on the ground that the land has been allotted to him by issuing the Patta No. 818 Dag No. 928 for an area of 1 bigha, 3 kathas, 2 lechas”, stated an order issued by Justice Kakheto Sema on Tuesday.
According to the petitioner, the dispute was settled by the Revenue-cum-Resettlement Officer under the Deputy Commissioner of Dimapur.
In an order issued on August 11 this year, said Officer in favour of the NSABI and directed the petitioner and his attorney holder to dismantle the house, vacate the premises and hand over possession of the land to the former.
In the same order, the Officer also stated that the authorities would proceed to cancel the allotment order issued in favour of the petitioner.
Aggrieved with this adjudication, the petition filed a case in the HC challenging the order issued on August 11, 2023.
Justice Sema directed the Registry to issue notice to the respondents, returnable within four weeks and also list the case after four weeks.
“In the interim, it is ordered that the parties shall maintain status quo on the land covered by Patta No. 818 Dag No. 928 Block No. 9 in Mouza No. 2 measuring an area of 1 bigha, 3 kathas, 2 lechas till the next returnable date.
“It is further ordered that the respondent Nos. 2 (DC) and 3 (Revenue Officer) shall not take recourse to any action for cancelling the Patta No. 1683, Dag No. 19/1845 in Block No-9, Mouza No.2 measuring an area of 1 bigha, 3 kathas, 2 lechas which is issued in the name of the petitioner till the next returnable date”, the order stated.
(Page News Service)

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