Jan. 14, 2020

The Supreme Court held in a judgment that a citizen’s right to own private property is a fundamental right. The State cannot take possession of it without following due procedure and authority of law.

Key highlights of the ruling:

  • The State cannot trespass into the private property of a citizen and then claim ownership of the land in the name of ‘adverse possession.’ Grabbing private land and then claiming it as its own makes the State an encroacher.

  • In a welfare state, right to property is a human right.

Source : The Hindu