The Haryana government on Wednesday got a breather in the row over the Gurgaon land acquisition that had also affected the Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust in Ullawas, as the seven remaining petitioners against the acquisition took back their pleas in the Punjab and Haryana high court.
This came a day after renowned painter Anjolie Ela Menon had withdrawn her petition.
Now, the petitioners have decided to appear before a state government-constituted high-power committee, headed by principal secretary, town and country planning, formed to reconsider the claims of those who had challenged the acquisition of over 850 acres of land.
They can again approach the court if they are not satisfied after presenting their case before the committee.
The petitioners had challenged land acquisition process initiated by the state government for developing sectors 58-63 (residential) and 65-67 sectors (commercial) in Gurgaon.
The Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust had got 5 acres on lease for 33 years in 2009 for setting up a charitable eye hospital. The site flanks Gurgaon’s bustling sector 62.
Menon had distanced herself from the controversy over the land deal for the eye hospital, saying her concerns were limited to environmental issues in the Aravalli area.
The Haryana government had denied allegations of discrimination levelled by the landowners in Ullawas village.