New Delhi, Feb 07: Persons in illegal occupation of government or panchayat land cannot claim regularisation as a matter of right, the Supreme Court has said.
A bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and M R Shah said regularisation of the illegal occupation of government or panchayat land can only be as per the policy of the state government and the conditions stipulated in the rules.
The top court was hearing a plea filed by residents of Sarsad village in Tehsil Gohana in Haryana’s Sonepat district who encroached upon panchayat land and constructed houses.
The Haryana government in 2000 framed a policy regarding sale of panchayat land in unauthorised possession outside ‘Abadi Deh’ (the residential area of a revenue estate).
Haryana also amended the Punjab Village Common Lands (Regulation) Rules, 1964 and issued a notification in 2008.
Thereafter, in 2008, Rule 12(4) was…