Lucknow: The governor of Uttar Pradesh has been called by the Budaun sub-divisional magistrate (judicial) in a land acquisition issue. Her office has responded by citing her constitutional protection against any action taken in this regard.
District Magistrate Manoj Kumar stated on Friday that SDM Sadar (Judicial) Vineet Kumar had summoned the governor under Section 144 of the Uttar Pradesh Revenue Code. Singh, the Special Secretary to the governor, had communicated this information to his office.
In the October 16 letter, Special Secretary Singh requested that the DM inform the SDM that it is against Article 361 of the Constitution to issue a summons or notice to the governor.
The governor’s office letter and the caution that this should not occur again have been forwarded to SDM Kumar, the DM stated.
A senior official provided specifics of the case, stating that a resident of Loda Baheri village in Sadar Tehsil by the name of Chandrahas had filed a land-related plea in the SDM court, naming the governor and another individual as parties.
Chandrahas claimed that a relative had registered his aunt Katori Devi’s land in his name. The land was then sold, and the government bought it after paying Rs 12 lakhs in compensation.
After reviewing the plea, SDM (Judicial) Kumar summoned the landowner and the governor on October 7 in accordance with Section 144 of the UP Revenue Code, requesting that the landowner or their agent show up on October 18.