Prayagraj, May 15 -- The Allahabad High Court has directed the chief secretary of Uttar Pradesh to ensure that action is taken against erring officials who take the possession of the land illegally without adhering to statutory provisions. The court emphasised that before taking possession of land from its owner, the relevant provisions of law and rules must be strictly adhered to.

Disposing of a writ petition filed by Gayatri Devi and two others, a division bench comprising justice Shashi Kant Gupta and justice Pankaj Bhatia observed, "Although right to property is no longer a fundamental right but still it is a constitutional right.also a human right and no one can be deprived of his or her property arbitrarily."

The court observed, "...