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HYDERABAD: The state government, that approached the Supreme Court through its Sanga Reddy revenue authorities challenging the judgment of the Telangana high court in respect of a 5-acre land at Kandi-Chimnapur area in the district, had to finally withdraw the petition before the apex court.
The Supreme Court has dismissed the pleas of the additional collector and two other revenue officials as withdrawn when their counsel requested the court to allow them to withdraw the case and approach the high court to file a review petition.
A three-judge bench of the apex court comprising Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Justice Dinesh Maheshwari, and Justice Hrishikesh Roy expressed its disinclination to act as a fifth level appellate authority on the issue of according pattadar passbook to EJ David who bought 5 acres of land in Kandi-Chimnapur in 2013.
Earlier the Tahsildar, the RDO, and the additional collector passed orders refusing to pass on the title to David though his vendors had the title over the land. This land was part of an extent of 63 acres originally owned by Panduranga Rao Deshmukh and his family members whose name is reflected in the Pahani of 1967-68. When the revenue officials refused to obey the HC order to grant passbook to David, Justice M S Ramachandra Rao of the Telangana high court last month convicted the additional collector of Sanga Reddy, RDO, and Tahsildar of Kandi mandal and imposed a sentence of two months jail term to each of them for their failure to implement the HC order.
Upon a contempt appeal filed by these officials, the sentence was however stayed later. The vendors from whom David bought this land had a title along with pattadar passbooks. But when David sought a passbook, the revenue officials said that one Panduranga Rao Deshmukh sold 63 acres to several people and this five-acre plot was part of that land.
They also said that Panduranga Rao had no title. The judge went through the revenue record and found that Panduranga Rao had a proper title. He found fault with revenue officials for denying the passbook to David. When the state is disputing a title, its officials cannot decide the title and it should be decided by a civil court after hearing the state and the individual, the judge said.
He also imposed costs of Rs 25000 on the officials asking them to pay it to the petitioner. The judge directed the Sanga Reddy revenue officials to forthwith issue an e-pattadar passbook to David for his five-acre land in Kandi Chimnapur in the district. The bench also brushed aside the claims of the state which tried to brand the land in question as Billa Dakhala land. The state went up to Supreme Court challenging this but withdrew it immediately.


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