Allahabad: In yet another setback to
Mayawati government in Uttar Pradesh, the Allahabad High Court on Monday quashed acquisition of 170 hectares of land at Gulistan
village in Greater Noida for industrial development.
The order was passed by a division bench comprising
Justice Sunil Ambawani and Justice Kashi Nath Pandey on a
petition filed by landowners and farmers challenging the
government notification for land acquisiton issued on
September 5, 2007 under section 4 of the Land Acquisition Act
depriving the aggrieved persons of filing their objections on
the ground that the matter was urgent.
The declaration of the acquisition was made on February
27, 2008, about more than five months.
The court rejected the contention that there was any
urgency and said the landowners have to be given an
opportunity for hearing by filing their objections.
This was the third time that the HC has set aside land
acquisition in Greater Noida where the farmers are up in arms
against UP government`s land acquisition demanding adequate
compensation for their land and had clashed with police
earlier this month.
On May 12 and May 15, the HC had quashed acquisition of
more than 170 hectares in Gautam Budh Nagar district.