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Section 23 – The Punjab Land Reforms Act,1972

The Punjab Land Reforms Act,1972

Section 23. Penalty for making false statements

If doing, the course of any proceedings under this Act, any person makes a declaration or a statement or furnishes any information which is false or which he knows or has reason to believe to be false or which he does not believe to be true, he shall be punishable with imprisonment which may extent to [two years] or with fine which may extend to [two thousand rupees0, or with both.


The eldest son of the landowner Manmohan Singh was major on the appointed date. But he was granted citizenship of Australia on 8.6.1973. Certificate is on the file of the Collector on the date of decision of the case by the Collector (Agr.) in the year 1976. Manmohan Singh was no citizen of India and as such, no benefit of additional unit being son of the landowner be given to him. The landowner had sold approximately 19 acres of land in village Sadhowal in the year 1973-74. As the sale was made after appointed date so this is to be ignored and the land will be counted in the hands of the big landowner. Similarly any land subsequently acquired by the landowner will also be counted towards his total holdings. The Collector(Agrs.) has given benefit of adult son to Harpreet Singh, who attained majority in the year 1979. This is wrong as the benefit of adult son is to be counted as on 24.1.1971 and not afterwards. As mentioned in the order of the Collector(Agr.) Garhshankar dated 30.1.1980 the landowner had concealed material facts in his affidavit dated 19.2.1976 filed in connection with the proceedings before the Collector (Agr.) under the Land Reforms Act,1972. This is a fit case to impose a cut of 2 hectares as envisaged in the Act. Gurbachan Singh vs. Harbans Singh and another,1991 PLJ 226

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