The Allahabad High Court on Wednesday deferred hearing into the land acquisition cases in Greater Noida, and directed to hear all the writ petitions filed against acquisition of land by farmers of several villages on July 26.
The petitions have been filed by farmers of Roja Yakubpur, Bisrakh Jalalpur, Haibatpur and others, challenging notifications for acquisition of their land under Section 4, 6 and 17(4) of the Land Acquisition Act.
The farmers have contended that Section 17(4) is said to be an emergency clause which is invoked only when there is urgency for acquiring land. However, the entire land has been handed over to real estate developers who are building swanky residential complexes and other buildings and reaping huge profits by selling the same at exorbitant rates.
Farmers say they should have been given an opportunity to file objections, which was the only way they could have bargained for an acceptable rate of compensation.
The farmers further pleaded on Wednesday that they were still in possession of their land and the Greater Noida Authority was only in a “symbolic possession” of the land.
Their plea was challenged by the respondents Greater Noida Authority, the state government and the builders who stated that they have taken possession of their entire land. “Majority of the farmers have been given compensation and signed on the ‘karar-niyamawali’. Hence, at the instance of a handful of farmers, acquisition of land can not be annulled,” they added.
Earlier, on Tuesday the HC had set aside the acquisition of nearly 590 hectares of land in Patwari village of Gautam Budh Nagar district. The order comes barely a fortnight after the Supreme Court had upheld its order quashing acquisition in Sahberi village.
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