The Himachal Pradesh High court today issued notice to the state government on the issue of transferring about 84,000 bighas of land belonging to local deities in Kullu district to the third party.
A division bench, comprising Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan, passed the order on a writ petition filed by Dev Sanskriti Charitable Trust, Kullu.
The petitioner Trust alleged that due to illegal conduct of the Revenue authority, thousands of bighas of land have been transferred in the name of Pujaris, Kardars (custodians of shrines) and Mujarian (those who lookafter upkeep of the shrines) in Kullu district.
They said that the land was transferred in their name by "misusing" the provisions of HP Tenancy and Land Reform Act 1972 and as well as Abolition of Big Landed Estate Act 1953.
As a matter of fact, in the year 1948-49 about 90,744 bighas of land were entered in the name of Devi Devtas of Kullu, out of which 84,000 bighas were transferred to the aforesaid persons in connivance with revenue agencies.
The Trust in its petition said that now only about 8400 bighas of land remains in the name of local deities of Kullu district and sought quashing of the orders regarding transfer of the land and ordersto restore the land in the name of the deities.
Further, the trust has sought constitution of a high- level committee to inquire the matter.
The HC fixed the next hearing on November 3, 2015.