Noida: A day after the Supreme Court termed acquisition of farmland at Sahberi village in Greater Noida as `illegal`, farmers on Thursday staged protest against the Eco Village 1 project of Supertech in Bisrakh village.
Initial reports suggested that the farmers, protesting the land acquisition by the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority, want the land be given back to them.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld an Allahabad High Court verdict and quashed the acquisition of land in Shahberi village of Greater Noida. The court also voiced suspicion over the manner in which land rules were changed within days of the acquisition.
An apex court bench of Justice GS Singhvi and Justice AK Ganguly held that the acquisition of 156 hectares of village land under the emergency provisions of the Land Acquisition Act (Section 19) was bad in law.
Dismissing the petitions by the Greater Noida Authority and several private builders against the June verdict of the Allahabad High Court, the apex court also fined the Authority Rs 10 lakh.
The court also suspected the manner in which land rules were changed from industrial to residential purposes within 11 days of the acquisition.
The court noted that even before changing the land use, there were public notices inviting bids from the private builders for the allotment of land for residential purposes.