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DLF land row: Petitioners will move SC

chandigarh Updated: Sep 07, 2014 13:07 IST
Snehil Sinha
Snehil Sinha
Hindustan Times
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Disappointed by the high court ruling to re-auction 350 acres of land in Wazirabad village, locals who had filed the petition may appeal in the Supreme Court soon.

The locals have termed the ruling as a minor delay in starting the projects.

The petition was filed by a seven-member committee of villagers who had claimed that the state had acquired the land in the name of public utility. However, it was later allotted to DLF.

The petition had sought to annul the acquisition and auction of the land to DLF. While the auction has been cancelled, the area, part of the village common land, is still not being returned to the villagers.

Om Prakash Mukdam, one of the petitioners, said, “After being refused by five HC benches, justice Surya Kant finally heard the case. The judgment is welcome. However, we are unhappy and will move the SC.”

Villagers also alleged that they were offered money to settle the case and many of them had succumbed to the monetary gain.

On Friday evening, when an HT team visited the site, which is currently a state property, private guards stopped them from taking photographs of the land.

According to the petitioners, when the case was sub judice, efforts were made to ensure the land was acquired. During one of the hearings, the state submitted that it had hired a consultancy firm that prepared the pre-bid criteria for a leisure and recreation project that is being planned on the land.

It later was found that the firm was a partner of the developer. The allegation has been recorded in the final HC order. “The State of Haryana and HSIIDC are directed to appoint a new project consultant having no conflict of interest, who shall have to give an undertaking that no person associated with such consultant...shall participate in the fresh bid,” stated the judgment.