EX-KIAP NETWORK FORUM

an egalitarian discussion board for ex-kiaps, former colleagues such as didiman, chalkies, polis, ko-ops, dokta and whoever else wants to join in.
It is currently Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:23 am

All times are UTC + 10 hours




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 1 post ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:24 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sat Apr 30, 2016 10:40 am
Posts: 46
A three-man Supreme Court bench has saved the State K120 million when it dismissed a compensation claim by Highlands Highway corridor landowners in Chimbu against Works and Implementation Department last Friday.

In a unanimous decision dismissing an appeal by 3,228 landowners from Chimbu named in the court proceedings, the court ordered them to pay the State’s legal cost in the past nine years as well.

Minister for Works and Implementation Michael Nali applauded the Supreme Court decision to dismiss the claim, describing it as misconceived and speculative. “This is one of the false claims that has been thrown out by the court, and the message is clear to all claimants to refrain from raising false claims against the State. If you do then you must also be prepared to pay the cost of the legal proceedings that arises from legal representation, and we will make sure you reimburse the State’s cost,” he said.

Mr Nali said the department places a firm stand against the issue of compensation and will use the law where necessary to hold landowners accountable for their action of trying to seek attention from the government by raising false claims.

“The Department of Works will enforce the Protection of Infrastructure Act 2010 challenging these claims on improvements and structures within the 40 metre road corridor,” he said.

Mr Nali said the matter was in relation to the alleged removal of structures, and planted improvements located within the 40-metre road corridor for road works carried out by contractors under the Highlands Highway Rehabilitation Program between 2006 and 2008.

“The high court found out that the claims where merely based on the assessments and valuations of properties and improvements located within the 40-metre road corridor that were not actually removed or destroyed by the contractors engaged by the department,” he said, adding that the mere assessment and valuations did not give any legal right to the landowners to make a claim against the department and the State.


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 1 post ] 

All times are UTC + 10 hours


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 5 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group