Land row: Setback for Revanth as HC stays NGT order

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Hyderabad: The Green bench of the Telangana State High Court on Wednesday stayed the orders of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) directing the cause of enquiry into lands in Janvada village of Shankerpally Mandal as being in violation of GO 111.

The order was made by the Southern bench of the NGT at the instance of Congress leader A Revanth Reddy. The panel of Justice A. Rajasehkar Reddy and Justice Naveen Rao made the order in two writ pleas filed by Municipal Administration Minister K T Rama Rao and Pradeep Reddy, the owner of the lands in question. It may be recalled that the NGT had directed the constitution of a high-power committee to report in two months about the allegations relating to violation of GO Ms.111.

In his writ plea, Pradeep Reddy pointed out that the NGT did not have the jurisdiction to deal with the matter. He pointed out that the Act under which the Tribunal is constituted empowered the NGT to deal with violations if any under the Water Act, Pollution and Cess Act; Forest Conservation Act, Environment Protection Act, Air Pollution Act, Public Liability insurance Act and the Biological Diversity Act.

S Niranjan Reddy, appearing for the landowner, pointed out that even according to the complaint, the violation is of a Government Order and not the provisions of any of the stated enactments. He also argued that the action of the Tribunal was prima facie illegal as the complaint was in violation of the law of limitation.

The complaint, Niranjan Reddy said, ought to have filed within six months from the date of the alleged violation and it is the case of the complainant that the construction has been completed long ago in 2015. In an independent writ plea filed by Rama Rao, he contended that the complaint was at the instance of a political rival. He also pleaded that he did not own any part of the property or property in the vicinity and that the petition and allegations were to garner political currency at the cost of accuracy.


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