Allahabad: The Allahabad High Court has
issued a notice to the Uttar Pradesh government on a PIL
challenging the state`s policy of revising "circle rates" of
land and determining stamp duty.
A Division Bench comprising justices Sabhajeet Yadav
and Bala Krishna Narayana, in its June 18 order said a
counter-affidavit be filed by a secretary-level officer of the
department concerned within three weeks.
The order came on the PIL of Jai Singh, a practising
advocate of the high court, who had alleged that the state
government has given "unbridled and unguided power" to
district collectors for determining and revising circle rates.
The court has also asked the government to disclose
whether as per the existing rules, conversion of `nazul` (land
given by municipal authorities to private persons) into
free-hold could be done in favour of nominees of lessees and
in that case, whether there would be a loss of stamp duty
which would have been realised in case of a lease transfer.
On the petitioner`s allegation that the circle rates
in the city of Allahabad have undergone an increase of 300 per
cent in the last two years, the court directed the district
collector to file his counter affidavit within three weeks and
also appear in person on the next date of hearing on July 16.