Bhatt & Joshi Associates being one of the top law firms in Gujarat provides a complete gamut of Legal Services and expert counsel regarding the Land Revenue Law in Gujarat and SSRD Lawyers.  We being the SSRD Lawyers advise our clients on all Land Revenue Law related matters falling under the purview of the SSRD. We also facilitate online drafting of all documents, petitions, representations related to Land Revenue Laws through our expert SSRD Lawyers. Land Revenue Law is a State subject hence the entire legislation regulating the controlling laws in India is enacted and regulated by the respective states. There are multiple Revenue Laws, which fall under the purview of the SSRD; and the decisions of the SSRD are straightaway channallable before the High Court of Gujarat. 

SSRD - Special Secretary Revenue Dept

The SSRD, the institution also known as Special Secretary Revenue Appeal, was constituted in 1964; The SSRD derives its powers under Gujarat Land Revenue Code, 1879, and Land Revenue Rules, 1972. The orders passed by the Collectors, District Development Officers and Revenue Officers can be challenged before the SSRD by way of filing Revision / Appeal. There is no prescribed format of Revenue Revision/ Appeal; however, it can be presented in writing before the Registry. 


Powers of the SSRD:

  1. Revision Applications filed against the orders passed by the orders passed by the Collectors, District Development Officers and Revenue Officers under section 211 of the Bombay / Gujarat Land Revenue Code, 1879.
  2. Under the Rules of Business, 1990, the Government of Gujarat notified the Notification NO. OFM 102013/1055/b dated. 19.01.2015; which defines the powers of officers at different levels under instruction 4(1) of the instruction issued under Rule 15 of the Gujarat Government Rules of Business, 1990. It has notified the Schedule 3 and 7, which gives juridical powers to the SSRD, which is as under: 


Schedule- VII
Sr. No.Particulars 
1.Revision and Appeal under Section 203, 204 and 211 of the Bombay Land Revenue Code, 1879
2.Revision Application under Rule 108 (6) of the Gujarat Land Revenue Rules, 1972 
3.Revision Application under section 35 of The Bombay Prevention of Fragmentation and Consolidation of Holdings, 1947 and  (Gujarat Amendment) Act, 1982
4.Appeal and Revision under section 41 and 42 of The Gujarat Court of Wards Act, 1963 
5.Appeal under section 32 P and u/s 9 and 10 Gujarat Tenancy And Agricultural Lands Act 1948 
6.Revision application under Section 76 AA Gujarat Tenancy And Agricultural Lands Act 1948 
7.Revision under 73A(3) of Gujarat Tenancy And Agricultural Lands Act 1948 
8.Revision under Section 106A (3) The Bombay Tenancy and Agricultural Lands (Vidarbha Region and Kutch Area) Act, 1958 
9.Revision / Appeal under Section 2(3) The Gujarat Agricultural Lands Ceiling Act, 1960 
10.Appeal / Revision under Section 3(2), 3(3) of The Bombay Inams (Kutch Area) Abolition Act, 1958
11.Appeal under Section 4 and 5 of the Bombay Taluqdari Tenure Abolition Act, 1949 
12.Appeal u/s 3 of the Sagbara and Mevasi Estates (Proprietary Rights Abolition, etc.) Regulation Act , 1962


Schedule- III
Sr. No.Particulars 
1.Appeal u/s 81(2) of THE GUJARAT MUNICIPALITIES ACT, 1963.  
2.Appeal u/s 113 (2) of the The Gujarat Panchayats Act, 1993 
3.Appeal u/s 6 and Section 7(D) of The Gujarat Prohibition of Transfer of Immovable Property and Provision for Protection of Tenants from Eviction from Premises in Disturbed Areas Act, 1991
4.Appeal u/s 63(A)(A) and 3(d)1 of Gujarat Tenancy And Agricultural Lands Act 1948  
5.Appeal u/s 54, 55 and 75 of The Saurashtra Gharkhed, Tenancy Settlement and Agricultural Lands Ordinance, 194

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What should you search for in your SSRD Lawyers? 

  • Combination of Experienced Lawyers and Young Lawyers: A Firm having a team of energetic, dynamic young blood with a combination of most experienced, specialist SSRD Lawyers competent to represent your case at GRT, SSRD, High Court and Supreme Court; because the Land Revenue Cases are highly intertwined and a SSRD Lawyers cannot work in isolation and have to represent at the courts of multiple jurisdiction. 
  • Fact collection: Sometimes there are more than one conceivable arrangements or parcel of points of reference to help the argument. Thus, your SSRD Lawyers ought to have that ability to assess every one of the potential outcomes before presenting the same before GRT, SSRD, High Court and Supreme Court. It must also be noted that the High Court also exercises Writ Appellate Jurisdiction, which is also known as Letters Patent Appeal. Therefore, when it comes to filing a Revenue Writ petition before the High Court, it must also be borne in mind that even at appellate stage it is the High Court that shall exercise the Appellate Jurisdiction and therefore, the original case has to be properly drafted and properly represented. 
  • Research: Good legitimate research abilities are required to look into important case laws, points of reference, corrections to help the contentions. Especially when it comes to representing the case before the higher forums like competent to represent your case at GRT, SSRD, High Court and Supreme Court. It must be noted that all the Revenue Laws stem from the requirement of the Land Reforms in India after India gained independence. So your SSRD lawyers need to have a detailed understanding of the detailed philosophy of Land Reforms and the need to bring the act to deal with a given scenario. 
  • Representation: It is most important for a SSRD Lawyer to deeply understand facts and most aptly represent them before presiding Judge. It must be understood that any important evidence missed out at the stage of trial, affects the case at every stage of appeal.
  • Detailed Knowledge of Diverse areas of Revenue Law: It is equally important that your SSRD Lawyer has a grip over diverse areas of Law. Many times there are multiple remedies may be available and it will be upto your civil lawyer, who will decide the most appropriate remedy in the given facts and circumstances of your case. It must also be noted that the High Court is the court exercising the powers of Judicial Review and the ultimate authority in the state to interpret the statute. Therefore, a detailed understanding and excellent ability to represent your case before the High Court is a key.

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