The Executive Magistrate of Kheda filed a complaint with the Revenue Department against retired IAS officer SK Langa, alleging that although he is not a farmer, he bought four hectares of farmland in the village of Viroja here.
Executive Magistrate Matar Taluka, PC Bhagat, told local media that under Section 84 of Gujarat Ganot Dharo (Gujarat Tenancy and Agricultural Lands Act 1948), the complaint was filed with the Department revenue and once the internal investigation is complete, legal action will be taken. under the law.
Article 84 of the law stipulates: “Any person occupying without authorization or in illicit possession of land, (a) whose transfer 2 (or acquisition) either by the act of the parties, or by the effect of law, is invalid under the provisions of this Deed, (b) the administration of which has been assumed thereunder, or (c) the use and occupancy of which it is not entitled under under the said provisions and the said provisions do not provide for the eviction of such persons, may be summarily expelled by the receiver.
Langa retired from the office two years ago. During his tenure as an additional resident collector or collector of other districts, he abused power, according to the complaint.
One such complaint was filed with the Panchmahal District Police, in which it was alleged that he had illegally changed the status from non-farmers to farmers in the government records and helped some to buy farmland. .
Similar allegations were also made against him in Gandhinagar when he was a collector there.
In Kheda district, the state government reviewed the revenue records for the last four years (2018-2022) and during the primary survey, it was found that around 100 entries had been made, where individuals became farmers on income records and purchased farmland.
Sources from the Revenue Department said that if necessary, the government can request records from six districts, where Langa served either as a Resident Supplementary Collector, District Development Officer or District Collector.