Right to possess forest land not limited to Adivasis and notified forest-dwellers: Supreme Court

The Court added that even persons not belonging to notified communities, who reside on forest land and have documents proving their legitimate claims, have a right to be heard before they are evicted from forest land.
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The Supreme Court on Wednesday held that the right to possess land in notified reserved forests is not limited to Adivasis, notified forest-dwellers or backward communities alone, and anyone with legitimate claims has such right [Hari Prasad Shukla and Ors. vs State of Uttar Pradesh and Anr.]

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