Jharkhand tribal leaders have questioned Chief Minister Raghubar Das’ announcement to do away with the Scheduled Area Regulation (SAR) courts set up to deal with land rights of the tribals.

The SAR courts were constituted under Chhotanagpur Tenancy Act in 1969.

“The chief minister announced to wind up the SAR courts without consulting legal experts and political leaders. It is a unilateral decision,” former chief minister Babulal Marandi said.

He said SAR courts were meant to help tribals by stopping illegal transfer of their lands.

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