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Tribal eviction case: SC to consider hearing fresh plea, SIT may be set up

The apex court had last Thursday stayed its February 13 order directing 21 states to evict 11.8 lakh illegal forest dwellers

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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The Tuesday said it would consider listing of a fresh plea seeking direction to the authorities not to evict any forest dweller and to set up an SIT to look into illegal acquisition of tribals' land.

A bench comprising and Justice took cognisance of the plea, filed by Chhattisgarh-based Tarika Tarangini Larka, seeking direction to the Centre not to allot possession of any forest land belonging to to anyone other than 'Adivasis' residing in that particular area.

"We will see to it (listing of plea). We will not assure that it will be come on Monday," the bench said when M L Sharma sought urgent listing of the plea.

Sharma had mentioned the plea for urgent hearing on Friday before a bench headed by Justice A K Sikri and was told to mention it before the bench headed by the CJI.

The apex court had last Thursday stayed its February 13 order directing 21 states to evict 11.8 lakh illegal forest dwellers whose claims over the forest land have been rejected by the authorities.

In the petition, Larka has alleged that authorities in Tamnar of Raigarh district of have forcefully grabbed a large area of tribal land and handed it to outsiders and now are trying to oust 'Adivasis' from the area.

"For this, they adopted simple strategy declaring forest dweller as non-Adiwasi to grab their land in the forest and village by rejecting their claim upon land," the plea said.

It has sought restoration of land acquired by the government from in for and other purposes and to provide them value of mined minerals.

The petition has also sought setting up of a special investigation team (SIT) comprising retired judges of the apex court to look into the illegal acquisition of land belonging to throughout the country.

Besides, it has sought a direction to the to register an FIR under the provisions of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Act to investigate the matters brought to light by the SIT and to file their report before the top court.

First Published: Tue, March 05 2019. 18:30 IST
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