In an important development, the Allahabad High Court on Friday referred to a larger bench the writ petition filed by around 50 farmers of Badalpur, the ancestral village of chief minister Mayawati, in Gautam Budh Nagar district.
According to the villagers, around 230 hectares of land was acquired in Badalpur in 2008 for industrial development by invoking the urgency clause and no farmers were given opportunity to file objection. They have alleged that later the purpose of the land for which it was acquired was changed, which according to them was illegal.
The farmers have also alleged that the land of some influential persons was not acquired, thereby flouting the prescribed rules. The case will come up for hearing on August 17.
Issuing the directive, a division bench comprising Justice Amitava Lala and Justice Ashok Srivastava directed to connect this petition with other petitions relating to land acquisition, which were sent before the chief justice for constituting a larger bench.
On July 26, the same bench had referred all the cases of land acquisition pertaining to Noida and Greater Noida to a larger bench for its final decision.
The petitioners have demanded cancellation of the notification.