Agrawal directs former MLA’s wife to vacate land


South Goa District Collector N D Agrawal has declared null and void and cancelled the entire process of lease whereby the government had allotted a piece of land admeasuring 1,500 sq mts to the wife of former Curchorem MLA Shyam Satardekar.
The Collector has now directed Shivangi S Satardekar to vacate the land in question by January 23 failing which the Quepem Mamlatdar has been directed to take possession of the land on January 24 along with the materials existing on the land and report compliance.
In this case, the Revenue Department by order dated April, 27, 2011 and subsequent corrigendum dated May 2, 2011 had allotted land admeasuring 1,500 sq mts under survey No 45/1 and 46/0 of Curchorem village to Shivangi S Satardekar.
However, it was subsequently brought to the notice of the government during the session of the Goa Legislative Assembly that the land had been allotted by violating the provisions of law.
Agrawal said that on examination of the matter, it was found that the land was allotted under the provisions of Section 26 of the Goa Land Revenue Code, 1968, which makes auction mandatory under Rule 33 in case land is allotted for a short period. “Rule 33 says that unoccupied land may be disposed of by the Collector in leasehold rights under section 26 by public auction for any non-agricultural purpose for a period not exceeding five years,” Agrawal said in his order, adding “it has been found that the present lease of land for a period of five years has been done without following the mandatory provision of public auction”.
“The entire process of leases of land done by the order dated April 27, 2011 is against the law and void ab initio. Since the order and corrigendum being a nullity due to violation of mandatory provision of law, the same stands cancelled”, the order stated.
When contacted, Shyam said he is unaware of the order passed by the District Collector on the issue. “I will offer my comment only after receiving a copy of the order,” Shyam said, but added that the previous District Collector had allotted the land on lease after following the due procedure. [H]