Special Correspondent

Kochi:A Green Bench of the Kerala High Court on Friday orally suggested setting up of a special tribunal by the government for deciding disputed encroachments on government lands, especially in Munnar.

The Bench, comprising Acting Chief Justice P.R. Raman and Justice C.N. Ramachandran Nair, also orally directed Additional Advocate General Ranjith Thampan to consider the suggestions and give the government's views.

The court made the suggestions when a writ petition filed by One Earth One Life, seeking a direction to the State government to constitute a special investigation team consisting of officers of proven integrity to probe the allegations of bogus title deeds possessed by persons in places such as Pallivasal, Devikulam and Udumbanchola in Munnar came up for hearing.

The court during the hearing suggested that if the tribunal was constituted, it could adjudicate the alleged large-scale encroachments, identify the encroachers and also the extent of land encroached upon etc. It might look into the question of regularising the small landholders or relocating such encroachers.

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