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War far from over, 500 more petitions to come up for hearing in high court

india Updated: Oct 24, 2011 00:22 IST
Darpan Singh

The land war between the government and farmers in Noida and Greater Noida at the Allahabad High Court is not yet over. The court has heard only half of the total quash-acquisition petitions filed by farmers as of now.

The court heard, over a period of time, close to 500 petitions from 60-odd villages in both the cities and hiked post-acquisition benefits to farmers. But the tension for the government and other stakeholders has not completely lifted yet.

About 500 more quash-acquisition petitions filed by 5,000-odd farmers have reached the court.

“The court had set a cut-off date and these petitions reached late. They will all be heard very soon,” said a lawyer for farmers.

The court has itself termed the filing of petitions a tsunami. Since the court has said the new benefits would be given only to those villages which had moved court, even those villages which had never thought of challenging the land acquisition are now having a change of mind.

Justice SU Khan, a member of the three-judge bench of the Allahabad high court that delivered the Noida/Greater Noida land acquisition judgment on Friday, has said, “A bunch of more than 1,000 writ petitions (about half of which are to be decided after this judgment) have been filed. Almost all of which have been filed after the Supreme Court in July decided a land acquisition case.”

The court has observed that almost all the land acquisitions in Noida and Greater Noida have been challenged.

“The total number of petitioners is more than 10,000. Similar petitions are still being filed. It is not opening of flood gate. It is tsunami,” the judge has said.

That’s not all. Now that the court has set a precedent, all other villages are bracing to move court, not willing to miss out on hiked compensation and high-value plots.

Lawyers, who have been working overtime to represent farmers, say the next phase of petition-filing will commence post-Diwali.

The 40-odd villages, which moved the court, include Patwari, Bisrakh, Itaidha, Haibatpur, Roja Yakoobpur, Sakipur, Junpat, Raipur Bangar, Kasna, Saini and Maicha.

They are now entitled to 64% additional compensation and 10% plots in developed areas. There were villages, including Lakhnawali, Kyampur, Rampur Nawada and Habibpur, which had not moved court.

“Since they are not entitled to the new benefits, they are thinking to move court now,” said the lawyer.