Over 4,000 colonies lose legal status

Bhopal: The high court on Monday cancelled the order of former chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan legalising more than 4,000 colonies across the state.The Chouhan-led government had legalised these colonies last year. The high court issued the order on a petition filed by lawyer Umesh Bohre.

The high court annulled Section 15 (A) of the Colonizers’ Registration Act under which the government had legalised these colonies. The court also ordered that action should be taken against officials responsible for settling of those colonies under Section 292(E) of the Municipal Act. The court further ordered that action should also be taken against illegal colonisers, the then deputy collector of circles, Tehsilders and revenue inspectors.

After the high court order, all the colonies, legalised by the state government last year, will be treated illegal again.
The petitioner said that the Chouhan-led government legalised the colonies to woo voters by trying to give them benefits against the law. Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary (Revenue), Principal Secretary (urban administration) and Gwalior collector were made party to the case.According to the scheme, launched by Chouhan, 690 colonies of Gwalior district and 4,000 across the state had to be legalised.