Haryana chief minister, Manohar Lal Khattar has ordered that the matter pertaining to the release of 912 acres land in Manesar in Gurgaon be referred to the CBI for a probe.
The matter is being heard by the Supreme Court and is listed for August 21. The apex court had earlier stayed any further construction on 912 acres.
During a hearing, the Haryana government had told the Supreme Court that it had no reservations for any kind of investigation, including a CBI probe in the matter.
The apex court is hearing a special leave petition (SLP) challenging the December 15, 2014, order of the Punjab and Haryana high court. The petitioners, mainly farmers, have challenged the HC orders on the ground that the high court had failed to consider that the actions of the state government for withdrawal of notifications for acquisition were an abuse and misuse of the provisions of the Land Acquisition Act.
They also contended that it was an act to give undue benefit to the builders under the grab of release of land, which was an act of fraud with the farmers and builders. The land, which was once being acquired for creating residential and recreational utilities in Industrial Model Township (IMT) Manesar, was released from acquisition by the previous Congress government.
The matter was first reported by Hindustan Times in 2007 when the then Congress regime had dropped the acquisition proceedings in a rather dubious manner.
The petitioners said 912 acres were sought to be acquired by the state government and notifications under Sections 4 (preliminary notification) and 6 (declaration that land is required for public purpose) of the Land Acquisition Act were issued on August 27, 2004, and August 25, 2005, respectively.
It was contended that the subsequent decision to drop proceedings after having issued notices under Section 9 (sending notices to persons that government intends to take possession of the land and claims of compensation be made to collector) compelled petitioners to sell their land at throwaway prices under the threat of acquisition.
Alleging that the entire action of the government was vitiated by fraud so as to facilitate purchase of land by private parties from original land owners, the petitioners sought an investigation by an independent agency.
The present state government in an affidavit filed before the apex court said it has no reservation for any kind of investigation, including a CBI probe, if the apex court takes a decision in this regard.
Haryana industries and commerce minister Capt Abhimanyu had also told the state assembly in March that state government was examining the release of 912 acres Manesar land. The minister said 912 acres were proposed for acquisition for setting up Chaudhary Devi Lal Industrial Model Township (IMT) at Manesar.
After issuing a notification under Section 4 of the Land Acquisition Act, the government dropped acquisition proceedings. The minister had informed the House that after considering objections under Sector 5-A of the Act, 224 acres were excluded and a notification under Section 6 of the Act for the remaining 688 acres land was issued on August 25, 2005.
The state government issued of notification on August 27, 2004 under Section 4 of the Land Acquisition Act for its acquisition. Subsequently the acquisition proceedings were dropped.
He had informed the House that after considering objections under sector 5-A of the Act, about 224 acres was excluded and notification under Section 6 of the Act for the remaining 688 acres land was issued on August 25, 2005.