The Uttarakhand High Court today struck down the much-contentious land reforms in the state under which outsiders were prohibited to buy more than 250 sq m of agriculture land.
A division bench of Chief Justice Barin Ghosh and Justice U C Dhyani said all the citizens of the country would now be able to purchase up to 12.5 acres of agriculture land in the state under the Land Ceiling Act.
"Following this judgement any person who is a citizen of India can purchase 12.5 acres of agricultural land in Uttarakhand which is also the permissible limit under the Land Ceilings Act," said V K Kohli, counsel of petitioner Jaswant Singh.
Singh had contended that the existing land laws were discriminatory against the residents of Uttarakhand as any person who was not possessing any agriculture land before the Act came into being in 2003 was not eligible to buy more than 250 sq meters of land.
Ever since the new land reforms came in Uttarakhand, the move had put a spanner on the realty business in the state.