Karnataka High Court on Monday ordered issue of notice to the State Government on a PIL petition questioning the constitutional validity of the Karnataka Land Reforms (Amendment) Ordinance 2020 issued recently.
A Division Bench comprising Justice AS Oka and Justice Ashok S Kinagi had passed the order on the PIL petition, filed by Nagaraj Sheshappa Hongal, a journalist and a social activist from Bagalkot district, after taking into cognizance of the amended petition on the issue.
The state government had promulgated the ordinance in July, however, had failed to get through it in the Karnataka Legislature, after the amended Act could not pass the test of the house of the Legislative Council.
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The State Government had reissued the ordinance recently, with a few changes of the original amended Act, and the same was also questioned by the petitioner, with invoking changes to its petition, incommensurate with the amended Ordinance.
The state government, which had reissued the ordinance, on the Land Reforms Act 2020, had removed the rule 70(a) (b) and (c) with regard to imposing restriction over the extent of land for buying of the land.
The petitioner, among others, had contended that the Ordinance had brought tremendous pressure on farmers to sell off their land to anybody including non-agriculturists. (Agency)