Allahabad: The Allahabad High Court on Monday
sought replies on a petition demanding CBI inquiry into all
instances of land acquisition since year 2005, by invoking the
urgency clause in Gautam Buddh Nagar district of Uttar
Pradesh, from the Centre, state government, Greater Noida
Authority and Yamuna Expressway Authority.
The order was passed by a Division Bench comprising
Justices Amitava Lala and Surendra Singh on a writ petition
filed by Gautam Buddh Nagar resident Indrajit Singh wherein
the state government has been accused of acquiring land, "in
collusion with" Greater Noida Authority and Yamuna Expressway
Authority, while depriving land-owners of a chance to raise
their objections and bargain for adequate compensation.
The court asked the respondents to file counter
affidavit by August 16 and fixed August 24 as the next date of
hearing in the matter.
Significantly, acquisition of land belonging to farmers
of Gautam Buddh Nagar district for the development of Noida,
Greater Noida and Noida Extension areas has remained mired in
controversies during the current Mayawati regime in the state,
which assumed power in the year 2007 as well as the preceding
Mulayam Singh Yadav government.