THE SMALL cottage at Barwani district’s Chhoti Kasrawad village that was social worker Baba Amte’s abode for almost ten years during his association with the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) and set to come under submergence because of the Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) is mired in a legal quagmire over the issue of compensation.
A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice A K Patnaik and Justice S L Kochar on Friday stayed the claim of one Tulsiram Yadav over the cottage and turned down a fast track court order in Barwani, which had awarded compensation of approximately Rs 1 lakh to Baba Amte and Rs 6 lakh to Yadav.
The division bench directed that no monetary compensation be paid to either of them till further orders are issued in this connection.
The court passed the order while hearing a first appeal filed by Baba Amte through his lawyer Satish Bagdia. The 92-year-old Magsaysay award winner, who had joined hands with the NBA in early 1990s, started staying at Kasrawad where the villagers and NBA activists built the cottage for him.
When he left for joining Inchampalli agitation in Maharashtra, Amte had handed over the cottage to NBA. Yadav, who was earlier associated with NBA but later allegedly parted ways, claims that the land on which Amte’s cottage was built originally belonged to him. The bone of contention is a three hectare land under survey number 38/1 in the village. The cottage is now under the receiver’s lock.
Earlier last week, hearing a civil suit in connection with the land acquisition, a fast track court in Barwani had ordered that a compensation of Rs 6 lakh be paid to Yadav while Amte be given Rs 1 lakh.