The Gujarat High Court on Wednesday granted bail to an accused who was booked under several provisions of Anti Land Grabbing (Prohibition)Act.
The division bench of Gujarat High court also quashed the remand order against the accused – Ahmed Patel. The remand order was issued by the special court under the Land Grabbing Act. A habeas corpus plea was also filed by the son of the accused to seek his custody.
Why was he booked under Land Grabbing Act?
The matter pertains to the transfer of land in the Vejalpur area via a sale agreement made in the year 1987. The agreement to sell was in favour of the petitioner’s father and was made on February 20, 1987.
The Disturbed Area Act came into force in 1991. As a result, the act did not apply to the said Vejalpur land which was registered for agreement to sell in favour of the petitioner’s father on February 20, 1987.
A separate petition of Ahmed Patel challenging the provisions of the Disturbed Area Act is also pending before Gujarat High Court.
A complaint under Land Grabbing Act was filed against Ahmed Patel on December 28, 2020, by Pranav Sheth who is the son of the original owner of the land. Based on the complaint, the accused Ahmed Patel was arrested under the case.
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