SC notices to Centre, Delhi govt on farmers` plea
Over 150 farmers from North-West Delhi have filed about 80 petitions before SC challenging the alleged low rate of compensation fixed by the Delhi HC.
New Delhi: The Union and the Delhi governments have been asked by the Supreme Court to reply to a bunch of pleas by the farmers from city`s Rohini area seeking higher compensation for their land acquired by authorities.
More than 150 farmers of Holambi Kalan and Sanot villages in North-West Delhi have filed about 80 petitions before the apex court challenging the alleged low rate of compensation fixed by the Delhi High Court.
A bench of justices GS Singhvi and SJ Mukhopadhaya admitted the petitions and ordered it to be tagged with other similar cases of farmers demanding higher compensation.
Appearing for the farmers, advocate Surat Singh said instead of paying the prevailing market rate of Rs 20,000 per square yard, the Delhi Government has paid only around Rs 300 per sq to the aggrieved farmers.
He submitted that it is a well-settled law by the Supreme Court itself that highest market rate of the land should be paid to the farmers at the time of acquisitions of their land.
The counsel also said that the Government itself sold the nearby land at the rate of over Rs 60,000 per square yard for DSIDC Mall.
After hearing the arguments the apex court admitted the petitions and said it would tag the matter with other related cases.