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Government must alter fraudulent records in reasonable time: SC

Government has to exercise its powers to take corrective course within a reasonable period to change an order that has been secured by a beneficiary in a fraudulent manner, the Supreme Court has ruled.

It held as wrong the Andhra Pradesh Government order exercising its ‘revision power’ after nearly five decades to issue show cause notice to villagers as to why their entries in land records should not be cancelled and corrected as the transactions there were fraudulent. The apex court held “if actions or transactions were to remain forever open to challenge, it will mean avoidable and endless uncertainty in human affairs, which is not the policy of law.”

A bench comprising Justices T S Thakur and C Nagappan dismissed the appeal filed by the Joint Collector of Ranga Reddy district against the order of the High Court saying that the revisional powers vested under the Andhra Pradesh Land Revenue Act cannot be exercised 50 years after the making of the alleged fraudulent entries.

“Suo motu revision exercise undertaken after a long lapse, even in the absence of any period of limitation is arbitrary and opposed to the concept of rule of law,” it said. Justice Nagappan, noted that if the impugned notice of December 31, 2004, invoking the suo motu revision power  is allowed after
five decades.
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