REVISION OF THE COMPENSATION ASSESSMENT-ROLL AND THE DECISION OF DISPUTES WITH REGARD TO COMPENSATION
Revision of Compensation Assessment-roll49. The Commissioner, or any officer not inferior in rank to that of a Joint Deputy Commissioner of a district empowered in this behalf by the Commissioner, or a Settlement Officer so empowered, may, on application, direct the revision of any Compensation Assessment-roll or any portion of such roll and any record-of-rights or any portion of record-of-rights on the basis of which such roll has been prepared, at any time during the preparation of such roll and may direct such revision on an application made within three months from the date of final publication of such roll and may also, of his own motion, direct such revision at any time before payment of compensation, but so as not to affect any order passed by the superior Revenue Authority under section 41 or by the Special Judge under section 51 or under sub-section (4) of section 52 or under section 53:
Provided that no such direction shall be issued unless not less than fifteen days’ notice has been given to the parties concerned to appear and be heard in the matter.
Correction by Revenue-Officers of bona fide mistakes50. A Revenue-officer may, on application or of his own motion at any time before payment of compensation in accordance with a Compensation Assessment-roll under section 58, correct any entry in the record-of-rights prepared or revised and finally published under Chapter IV in respect of any area to which such Compensation Assessment-roll relates, or any entry in such Compensation Assessment-roll, if he is satisfied that such entry has been made owing to a bona fide mistake or correction such entry is necessary as a result of succession to or transfer of the interest of a rent-receiver, cultivating raiyat, cultivating under-raiyat or non-agricultural tenant:
Provided that no such correction shall be made if an appeal affecting such entry has been presented under section 51 or section 53 or until reasonable notice has been given to the parties concerned to appear and be heard in the matter.
Appeal to the Special Judge51. (1) Any person, aggrieved by an order of the superior Revenue Authority under section 41 or of the Commissioner or other officer under section 49 may present an appeal against such order within sixty days from the date of the final publication under section 42 of the Compensation Assessment-roll to which such appeal relates or of the order appealed against, whichever is later, to the Special Judge appointed under sub-section (4) of section 48.
(2) When a Revenue-officer refers under section 60 to any Special Judge any dispute which has arisen as to the title of any person to receive any compensation payable under the Compensation Assessment-roll or as to the apportionment of any such compensation or any part thereof, such Special Judge shall inquire into such dispute and decide the same; and such decision shall, subject to the provisions of section 52, be final.
Statement of case by Special Judge to the High Court52. (1) Any party aggrieved by an order of the Special Judge may, within sixty days from the date of such order by application in the prescribed form accompanied, when the application is made by any party other than the Government, by a fee of fifty rupees, require the Special Judge to refer to the High Court any question of law arising out of such order; and the Special Judge shall, within ninety days of the receipt of such application, draw up a statement of the case and refer it to the High Court:
Provided that, if in the exercise of the powers under sub-section (2) the Special Judge refuses to state a case which he has been required by any party other than the Government to state, such party may, within thirty days from the date on which he receives notice of the refusal to state the case, withdraw the application; and if he does so, the fee paid shall be refunded.
(2) If on any application being made under sub-section (1) the Special Judge refuses to state the case on the ground that no question of law arises, the party who made such application may, within sixty days from the date on which such party is served with notice of the refusal, apply to the High Court; and the High Court may, if it is not satisfied of the correctness of the decision of the Special Judge, require the Special Judge to state the case and to refer it; and on receipt of any such requisition the Special Judge shall state the case and refer it accordingly.
(3) If the High Court is not satisfied that the statement in a case referred under this section are sufficient to enable it to determine the question raised thereby, the High Court may refer the case back to the Special Judge to make such additions thereto or alterations therein as the High Court may direct in that behalf.
(4) The High Court upon the hearing of any such case shall decide the questions of law raised thereby and shall deliver its Judgement thereon containing the grounds on which such decision is founded, and shall send a copy of such judgement under the seal of the Court and the signature of the Registrar to the Special Judge who shall pass such orders as are necessary to dispose of the case conformably to such judgement.
(5) When a reference is made to the High Court, the cost shall be in the discretion of the Court.
Appeal to the Special Judge53. Any person aggrieved by an order of the Revenue Authority under sub-section (2) of section 19 passed on appeal filed in respect of the determination of rent or recording of possession of any land, or by entry made in a record-of-rights under sub-section (2) of section 31 relating to the determination of rent or recording of possession of any land or by an order settling fair and equitable rent of any land under sub-section (2) of section 46A, may present an appeal against such order or entry, within three months from the date of the final publication under section 42 of the Compensation Assessment-roll to which such appeal relates, to the Special Judge appointed under sub-section (4) of section 48. The decision of the Special Judge on such an appeal shall, notwithstanding anything contained in section 52, be final.
Correction of the Compensation Assessment-roll54. The Revenue-officer shall make such alterations in the records-of-rights or the Compensation Assessment-roll as may be necessary to give effect to any directions issued by the Commissioner or other officer under section 49 or an order made by a Special Judge under section 51 or section 53 or under sub-section (4) of section 52 or to any final order or decree of a Civil Court or High Court passed in any suit, appeal or proceeding declaring title to and, or possession of any land.
Application of the Civil Procedure Code to appeals before and inquiries by a Special Judge55. The provisions of the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908, shall as far as may be, apply to all appeals presented to a Special Judge under sub-section (1) of section 51 or under section 53 and to all inquiries held by him under sub-section (2) of section 51.
Bar to raising of certain issues56. No party to a suit, appeal or proceeding in a Civil Court or High Court in respect of any land shall, notwithstanding anything elsewhere contained in this Act, be entitled to raise before a Revenue-officer, Revenue Authority, Special Judge or the Commissioner or any other officer under section 19, 40, 41, 49, 51, 53 or 60 any issue in respect of such land, which is substantially in issue in such suit, appeal or proceeding.