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SYL Land Bill unwarranted, says court

The Supreme Court, referring to its 2006 Mullaperiyar dam judgment, held on Thursday that a State Assembly “cannot through legislation do an act in conflict with the judgment of the highest court which has attained finality”.

A five-judge Constitution Bench led by Justice Anil R. Dave gave its opinion on a Presidential Reference made to it 12 years ago, on July 22, 2004, questioning the constitutional validity of the Act.

The opinion termed the enactment of the Punjab Sutlej Yamuna Link Canal Land (Transfer of Proprietary Rights) Bill in 2016 by the current Akali Dal government as “unwarranted developments” when the Presidential Reference was still pending in the apex court.

The 2016 Bill, which is yet to receive the assent of the Governor, planned to give back to the farmers over 5000 acres acquired for the canal.

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