The Delhi High Court today questioned the Delhi Government, Union Government and the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) as to why petitions of nearly 172 farmers challenging the acquisition of their land in Village Barwala should not be admitted.Advocate Dr. Surat Singh representing the farmers argued that the Delhi Government sought to acquire their land by issuing notice under section 4 and section 17 of the Land Acquisition Act 1894, invoking the urgency clause, but till today the Government has not undertaken any substantial development work in the area in last (almost) two years since the issue of notice.
“So the claim of urgency on the part of the government was a colorable exercise of power”, he further contended.
Government counsel pointed out to the court that the farmers have already taken compensation and hence cannot challenge the acquisition proceedings now.
After hearing the counsel of both sides the division bench of Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Rajiv Shakdher issued show cause notices to the Centre and the Delhi Government as well as the DDA.
It may be remembered that farmers of Noida and Greater Noida have already approached the Allahabad High Court in large numbers on the issue.
The notices are returnable on 10 January 2012.


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