Mumbai: Two farmers on Thursday approached the
Bombay High Court alleging that their land was sold to Lavasa
Corporation without their consent.
Brothers Bandya and Babu Walkar approached the HC,
saying in 2010 they found that their 10 hectares of land in
Muger village near Lavasa was sold to a person, identified
only as Shetty, and he (Shetty) later sold the land to Lavasa.
The Walkars claimed their land was sold without their
consent and their fundamental rights were violated.
In the petition, they also claimed they had been
receiving threats from the persons claiming to be from Lavasa,
and the government officers were also threatening that they
would acquire their land forcefully.
The petitioners also challenged a notification issued
by the Maharashtra government, wherein it has appointed Lavasa
as the special planning authority of the hill station (also
However, Lavasa, which is constructing a hill city
near Pune, in its affidavit termed the petition as "malafide".
A division bench of justices Ranjana Desai and R V
More directed the government to file an affidavit on the
petition and adjourned the matter till July 13.