Piphema & Pherima agree to settle land dispute amicably

Morung Express News
Dimapur | June 21 

The Gauhati High Court Kohima Bench, on June 21, was informed that Piphema and Pherima villages have agreed for "amicable settlement" regarding the land dispute that has been ongoing for over eight decades.

A senior counsel told the Division Bench of Justice Ajit Borthakur and Justice Kakheto Sema that the dispute dates back to around 85 years in 1938. 

After a series of negotiations and spot verifications, both parties have agreed to arrive at an amicable solution after a "long persuasion," he added. 

Accordingly, the short order from the Bench states: "It is submitted that after deliberations between the parties, the parties have reportedly arrived at an amicable settlement of the dispute. Therefore, the learned senior counsel prays that the matter may be listed before the next Division Bench on Wednesday, i.e., 28.06.2023. List accordingly."

According to the Court records, the case relates to a writ appeal filed before the Division Bench, challenging a judgment and order passed by a single-judge on May 5, 2019, concerning the land dispute.

During the subsequent hearings, the parties have agreed to settle the dispute through mediators, and on March 17, 2021, senior counsels CT Jamir and Taka Masa agreed to mediate for each party.

On March 28, 2022, the Court was informed by the two counsels that "due process is underway to arrive at an amicable settlement." In February of this year, they submitted that "the parties are trying to settle the matter outside the court."

Subsequent proceedings indicated that the parties were inclined towards an amicable solution to the dispute. Meanwhile, on Wednesday, one of the mediators informed the Bench that a programme is fixed this week for final settlement of the case and expressed hope that it "will be the end of the litigation."