The Allahabad high court on Monday directed the Uttar Pradesh government, Noida authority, builders and allottees to file their replies (affidavits) on petitions filed by Gautam Budh Nagar district farmers challenging land acquisition in Greater Noida and Noida Extension areas.
A full bench of the high court comprising justice Ashok Bhushan, justice SU Khan and justice VK Shukla, which is hearing 491 petitions, fixed September 12 as the next date of hearing. The farmers have challenged acquisition of more than 3,000 hectares of land. In most cases, the petitioners have alleged scam in land acquisition.
Many petitioners have stated the state government illegally acquired their land at throwaway prices invoking the urgency clause in the name of public purpose, but later changed the land use and sold it to private builders for constructing housing complexes.
Incidentally, a petition seeking a CBI probe into Land acquisition in the name of public purpose and subsequent sale to private builders is before the court, which has directed the state government to file a reply.
On July 26, a division bench of the high court had referred the land acquisition cases to the larger bench.
An estimated 100,000 homebuyers who have invested in projects at Noida Extension are on the edge. Booking worth R20,000 crore has been done.