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Calcutta High Court directs authorities to decide on petitioner’s representation

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The Calcutta High Court has directed the Additional District Magistrate, Hooghly and District Land & Land Reforms Officer (DL&LRO), Hooghly to decide the representation of the petitioner on the issue of grant of patta in favour of the private respondent.

The Division Bench of Chief Justice Prakash Shrivastava and Justice Rajarshi Bharadwaj disposed of a Public Interest Litigation filed by one Sandip Modak.

It is the case of the petitioner that the land in question situated at Mouza Mahanad, Harmala, District Hooghly was regularly used by the local committee for the purpose of melas, religious gatherings and other community-based events.

When the matter was taken up, the counsel for the petitioner pointed out that the petitioner has filed a representation before the District Magistrate, Hooghly but the said representation has not been decided.

Jaharlal De, the counsel for the State, submitted that if a proper fresh representation is filed before the Additional District Magistrate, Hooghly, then the grievance of the petitioner will be duly looked into.

This submission is not disputed by the petitioner or the learned counsel for the private respondents.

Hence, the Court disposed of the petition by permitting the petitioner to file a proper representation before the Additional District Magistrate, Hooghly and DL&LRO, Hooghly and on receipt of the said representation the Additional District Magistrate, Hooghly and DL&LRO, Hooghly will give an opportunity of hearing to the petitioner as well as the private respondents and will take decision in accordance with law as expeditiously as possible, preferably within a period of 3 months from the date of receipt of the representation, the Court directed.

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