Times of India | 4 days ago | 06-08-2022 | 06:44 am
AHMEDABAD: Gujarat's controversial Disturbed Areas Act was challenged in the Gujarat high court on Friday on the ground that the law does not leave a scope for residents to register any objection against an area being demarcated as a communally disturbed area. Petitioner Ali Hussain Vohra from Vadodara has filed the petition through advocate Jitendra Malkan, who submitted that the Gujarat Prohibition of Transfer of Immovable Properties and Provision for Protection of Tenants from Eviction from Premises in the Disturbed Areas Act is in violation of principle of natural justice. This is because the provisions in this law provide that the authorities are not obliged to invite objections from public before declaring an area as communally disturbed. Malkan submitted that the Gujarat Town Planning Act provides for a provision that before taking any decision with regard to land or area, which is likely to change propriety right of any citizen, the authorities must hear the property owner. The hearing must take place because changing nature of the area imposes certain restrictions on properties. The earmarking of any areas under the Disturbed Areas Act imposes certain restrictions on transactions of properties and it affects the market rates. But this law does not have any provision of inviting any suggestion or objection before demarcating the area under this Act. In fact, the law says that the authority can do it without inviting challenge or objection from people, and merely on the basis of satisfaction on part of the authorities that riots and violence take place in the area. This is in violation of the principle of natural justice, he argued. The petitioner had filed a similar petition in 2020 but withdrew it later. The court asked the petitioner's counsel to supply the record of earlier litigation. The court also inquired about other litigation challenging legality of provisions of the law. In response, the state government submitted that two petitions are pending in which the 2019 amendment was challenged because the amendment was against the spirit of diversity and plurality. A Muslim outfit Jamiat Ulama Hind had sought a stay on 3(1)(2) and (3) of the amended Act, which empowers the authorities to permanently declare any area as communally disturbed merely on apprehension that the demography could be changed if people of a particular community would buy properties from other community. In January 2021, the HC stayed the amendment. Besides, certain notifications earmarking different areas as communally disturbed have also been under challenge. The HC has posted the case for hearing on September 6.
The Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited (SSNNL) Tuesday set up a probe into the incident of a group of farmers from Vadodara allegedly taking possession of moveable assets from the department’s office in Gandhinagar on Saturday to recover their long-pending dues as ordered by a civil court.JP Gupta, Managing Director of SSNNL, said Tuesday that the department has set up an inquiry into the matter where a group of farmers allegedly “seized computers and peripherals” from the office of the department, citing the “execution of an attachment warrant” issued by a Vadodara court over pending compensation to be handed out by the SSNNL to the farmers for land acquired in 1988 to build the Narmada canal. Gupta said, “There were multiple litigations in this particular case– which is of the several land acquisitions made by SSNNL in the 1980s. The SSNNL had even paid the compensation decided by one local court. Thereafter, the matter went to the Gujarat High Court and was referred back to the district court, which again specified the amount of compensation… The total amount that is yet to be paid is only about Rs 30 lakh as a majority of the compensation has been paid. The only reason why this sum was yet to be handed out was that the legal department was in the process of deciding on a review of the matter. There was a miscommunication otherwise SSNNL has paid nearly Rs 300 crores as land compensations for the projects so far.”Gupta added that he has sought a report from the department to ascertain if the group of farmers and their advocate indulged in vandalism in the name of the court warrant. “We had even sanctioned depositing the amount in court but there was a lag… However, even if the court has issued an attachment warrant, it cannot be executed by a group of persons and their lawyer. The court officers arrive to oversee the procedure of property attachment and we would have complied with court orders. We are yet to determine how the group of persons and their advocate gained entry and seized property… We do not know if the officers present in that office on the day have seen the court notice cited by the group. I have sought a report from the officer and we will decide our further course of action based on it,” Gupta said.A group of 25 farmers from Abhol village in Padra taluka of Vadodara district have claimed that the SSNNL owes them a total of Rs 68.92 lakh at the rate of Rs 1,625 per arey (about 100 sq metres) of land acquired in 1988. The litigants have contended that the SSNNL paid them Rs 1,400 per arey in 2005, which was Rs 225 per arey lesser than the promised compensation. The advocate of the farmers has said that the court had dismissed the SSNNL’s review petition earlier this month and once again issued attachment warrants so that farmers can seize the movable property and recover their dues by selling it.
AHMEDABAD/RAJKOT: As many as 661 new Covid-19 cases were reported in the state in 24 hours ending 5pm on Monday, taking the total number of cases since the beginning of the pandemic to 12.61 lakh. The state's death toll increased to 10,980 with two deaths in Bhavnagar city The new cases include 206 from Ahmedabad, 82 from Vadodara, 70 from Surat and 63 from Rajkot districts In the 24 hours, Gujarat also vaccinated 5,475 people for the first dose and 5,972 for the second. In all, 5.43 crore have been administered first and 5.38 crore second dose of Covid vaccine. Booster doses were given to 23,023 senior citizens, taking the total to 50.19 lakh. The state also administered 2.26 lakh booster doses to those in 18-59 years population, taking total to 59.25 lakh
To meet the increase in passenger demand, North Western Railway has announced a special train between Mumbai and Jaipur.According to a release, Mumbai Central-Jaipur AC superfast train (09183) will leave from Mumbai Central on August 10, Wednesday, at 10:50 pm and arrive at Jaipur at 6:30 pm on the next day.For the return journey, the train — Jaipur-Borivali AC superfast special (09184) — will terminate at Borivali of Gujarat. As per the schedule, the train will leave from Jaipur station at 7:35 pm on August 11 and reach Borivali at 12:30 pm on the following day.The station en route are Borivali, Vapi, Surat, Vadodara, Ratlam, Kota, Sawai Madhopur and Durgapur.
The Monsoon Session of Parliament ended on Monday, with both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha adjourned sine die four days ahead of schedule.The session, which began on July 18 and was scheduled to go on till August 12 , saw protests by the Opposition over various issues, including price-rise, Agnipath scheme and purported misuse of central probe agencies by the Centre.During the session, the two Houses held only 16 sittings each. In terms of number of sittings, this was the second-shortest session of 17th Lok Sabha. So far, nine sessions of 17th Lok Sabha have been held and the fourth session was the shortest, with 10 sittings.Criticising the government for its decision to cut short the session, Trinamool MP Derek O’Brien tweeted, “This is the seventh consecutive time Parliament session has been cut short. Stop mocking Parliament. We will fight for its sanctity and prevent PM Narendra Modi and Amit Shah from turning this great institution into the Gujarat Gymkhana.”In his valedictory remarks, outgoing Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said, “In all, the House had 16 sittings, during which it conducted its business for more than 35 hours. More than 47 hours were lost due to interruptions, which is a sad reflection on the functioning of the Upper House…”Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said six government Bills were introduced and seven Bills passed during the session.The six Bill introduced in the Lower House are The Family Courts (Amendment) Bill, 2022; Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2022; Energy Conservation (Amendment) Bill, 2022; New Delhi International Arbitration Centre (Amendment) Bill, 2022; Competition (Amendment) Bill, 2022; and Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2022.The seven Bill passed in Lok Sabha are The Indian Antarctic Bill, 2022; Family Courts (Amendment) Bill, 2022; National Anti-Doping Bill, 2021; Wildlife Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2021; Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2022; Energy Conservation (Amendment) Bill, 2022; and New Delhi International Arbitration Centre (Amendment) Bill, 2022.In fact, the energy conservation Bill and arbitration centre Bill were passed on the last day of the session.Replying to the debate on the energy Bill, Power Minister R K Singh said India’s rate of renewable energy capacity has been the “fastest” in the world. The House later passed the Bill via voice vote.The Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2022, which seeks to establish Gati Shakti Vishwavidyalaya in Vadodara, Gujarat, was passed by voice vote in Rajya Sabha on the last day of the session, becoming one of five Bills to be passed by the House in the session.Introducing the Bill, Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said the university would be conducted by his department and coordinated under the Nation Education Policy of the Education Ministry.
The victim was identified as Imran Diwan, a resident of Sokhdaraghu village.Vadodara: A 30-year-old man was mauled to death by a crocodile and his body was recovered after hours of searching in a river in Gujarat's Vadodara district, an official from the forest department said on Monday.The incident took place in Dhadhar river near Sokhdaraghu village of Padra taluka on Sunday afternoon, deputy conservator of forests (DCF) Ravirajsinh Rathod said.A man was pulled into the river by a crocodile and his body kept disappearing and resurfacing in the water while locals shot spine-chilling videos of the attack on their mobile phones."Forest officials were alerted, following which a search operation was launched with the help of the local administration. The victim's body was recovered around 10 pm," Mr Rathod said.The victim was identified as Imran Diwan, a resident of Sokhdaraghu village, he said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com"The man's body bore bite marks on the shoulders. We are trying to find out how the victim ended up in the river, as locals witnessed the attack only after he was already inside the water," the official added. (Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)