A bench of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice A Rajasheker Reddy sought replies from the chief secretary, principal secretary (revenue) and chief commissioner of land administration on the contentions raised in the petition.
PIL was filed by former deputy CM Damodar Raja Narasimha who questioned the new land law that brought in the new digital platform, Dharani portal, but forgot to borrow several key provisions from its parent Act, Record of Rights Act, 1971, which was repealed and replaced by the new land Act, 2020.
Arguing the case of the petitioner, his counsel L Vani informed the court the new Act says that a tahsildar can be suspended and punished if he allows any wrong entries in the record of rights by unduly conferring rights to private persons on government land.
“If any wrong entry is made in the records, there should be a provision that enables the aggrieved to challenge the error, which is lacking in the new law,” she said. Section 5 of the Act doesn’t provide for registering any other document other than sale, gift, mortgage or exchange deed in respect of agricultural land.