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Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Government Agent to publish notice calling upon owners of abandoned Lands to prefer their claims.

3. When no claim is made Government Agent to report and the Minister to make order of Resumption by the State.

4. Procedure when claim is made.

5. If the Land Commissioner be satisfied that the claim has been established, further proceedings shall cease. If claim be doubtful, reference to District Court Appeal.

6. Procedure on decision by District Court or Court of Appeal. Proceedings to Cease or Order of Resumption to be made.

7. Resumption to be notified in Gazette. Notification proof of Resumption.

8. District Court to issue writ of possession in favour of the State upon production of notification of resumption.

9. Resumed land to be appraised.

10. Appraised value payable to owner within thirty years.

11. Power of District Judge at investigations of claims. False evidence.

12. Power of Government Agent at inquiries into claims.

13. Form of claim under this Ordinance. Claimant to name place for service of notices.

14. Penalties, False statement.

15. Resisting or obstructing officers.

16. Defect in proceedings not to affect title of the State.

17. Interpretation.

4 of 1887,

2 of 1934,

57 of 1942.

22 of 1955.

AN ORDINANCE relating to Lands alienated by the Crown which are abandoned by the owners thereof.

[Date of Commencement: 24th January, 1887]

1. Short title.

This Ordinance may be cited as the Lands Resumption Ordinance.

2. Government Agent to publish notice calling upon owners of abandoned Lands to prefer their claims.

(1) When any land in Sri Lanka which has been or which may hereafter be alienated by or on behalf of the State shall appear to the Government Agent to have been abandoned by the owner thereof for eight years or upwards, and such owner or any person lawfully claiming under him cannot be ascertained, notwithstanding all reasonably diligent inquiry made by such Government Agent, it shall be lawful for such Government Agent, with the sanction of the Land Commissioner, to declare by a notice to be published and to be posted on such land in the manner provided in subsection (2), that if no claim to such land is made to him by or on behalf of any person able to establish a title thereto within the period (not being less than twelve months) specified in such notice, such land shall be resumed by the State.

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