Wednesday, August 3, 2011

SC cancels another land acquisition by Maya govt

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday quashed the Mayawati government’s decision to acquire 20 hectares of agricultural land in Jyotiba Phule Nagar district for construction of a jail in Amroha. 
A bench of Justices G S Singhvi and H L Dattu faulted the proposal pending since January 24, 2003 and given shape by invoking the urgency clause under the Land Acquisition Act in 2010 depriving the villagers of a mandatory public hearing prior to acquiring the agricultural land. 
   “The series of events shows lethargy and lackadaisical attitude of the state government. In light of the above circumstances, the respondents (state) are not justified in invoking the urgency provisions under Section 17 of the Act, thereby depriving the appellants (villagers) of their valuable right to raise objections and opportunity of hearing before the authorities in order to persuade them that their property may not be acquired,” it said.
   The land at village Dulhapur Sant Prasad of Tehsil Amroha was acquired by the Mayawati government through a notification dated March 5, 2010, for a District Jail, which became a necessity after the creation of the new district of Jyotiba Phule Nagar in 1997.

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