December 11, 2017 04:48 PM

Chandigarh (Face2News)

PIL against Kurki of farmers’ land-adjourned to 25th January, 2018-as Advocate General questioned the very maintainability of the PIL:- As the aforesaid PIL filed by Advocate Hari Chand Arora came up for resumed hearing before a Division Bench of the High Court comprising Justices Ajay Kumar Mittal and Ram Mohan Singh, the Advocate General, Punjab, Mr. Atul Nanda, questioned the very maintainability of the PIL.

The petitioner-advocate Hari Chand Arora argued that the provisions for kurki of farmers’ land, in execution of Court decrees take away the right to livelihood of the small farmers which is inherent in article 21 of the Constitution of India. So, the provisions contained in Section 60 of the Civil Procedure Code, 1908 are draconian and oppressive. The PIL is therefore, maintainable.

He also referred to another PIL dealing with issue of suicides by debt-ridden farmers of Punjab, which is pending for further hearing on 25th January, 2018, and argued that the subject matter of instant PIL goes to the very roots of the problem of commission of suicides by debt-ridden small farmers.

The Bench thereupon adjourned the PIL to 25th January, 2018 for hearing. It is pertinent to note that on previous date of hearing of this PIL,i.e., 23rd August, 2017, an additional advocate general of Punjab had recorded a statement that State Government shall take a “conscious decision” on this issue. Today however, Advocate General, Punjab vehemently opposed the very entertainment of the PIL on behalf of Punjab Government.

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