In what could come as a major relief to the state government, the Allahabad High Court has, on the ground of 'laches' (undue delay in seeking relief), dismissed petitions filed by farmers who had sought higher cash compensation and rehabilitation benefits for their acquired land.
A bench of justices Ashok Bhushan and Sunita Agarwal dismissed a petition filed by Om Prakash and others 15 years after the acquisition and 10 years after payment of compensation.
While hearing hundreds of petitions against acquisition filed by farmers from Noida and Greater Noida, the court on October 21 did not set aside the land takeover but said the government must give additional cash and bigger share in developed land to farmers.
These cases pertained to recent acquisitions and meant a burden of thousands of crores of rupees on the government. This burden is now being passed on to the allottees who have bought property in those villages.
The government panicked when farmers, who had sold their land and accepted compensation years ago.