HC disappointed at failure to form Land Survey Appellate Tribunal in 17 years
The High Court today expressed annoyance and disappointment at the government's failure to form the Land Survey Appellate Tribunal in the last 17 years after formulation of the law to this effect and even after the court had directed for doing so.
"The government could not form the Land Survey Appellate Tribunal in last 17 years after formulation of the law. Why? It is disturbing for the court. Talk to the land secretary to know the reasons and inform this court what step has been taken to establish the tribunal. If no step is taken, the land secretary will be summoned before it to know his explanation," the HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman told Deputy Attorney General Bepul Bagmar during hearing a writ petition.
DAG Bagmar told the HC bench that the Land Survey Appellate Tribunal was formed in 2013 but appointment of its judge is under process.
The HC bench remarked, "Don't speak in grammatical way on this issue before the court."
The bench expressed dissatisfaction during hearing a writ petition filed by 10 residents of Demra area in Dhaka, including Md Ashrarul Azim, challenging two verdicts of the Land Survey Tribunal over a four katha land.
The HC bench issued status quo on the Land Survey Tribunal verdicts about the land and also issued a rule on the authorities concerned to explain why the verdicts should not be scrapped, writ petitioners' lawyer Nosib Kayser told The Daily Star.
According to the State Acquisition and Tenancy (Amendment) Act, 2004, the government is supposed to form the Land Survey Appellate Tribunal headed by an HC judge in order to hear and dispose of the appeals arising out of the judgment, decree or order of the Land Survey Tribunals.
The HC on July 25, 2019 in a verdict directed the land ministry to form the Land Survey Appellate Tribunal in 90 days in line with the law. The full text of the HC verdict was released on October 13 last year.