DLF questions credentials of petitioners challenging sale of land in Gurgaon

Alleging business rivalry at the hands of its competitor,DLF on Tuesday questioned the credentials of the petitioners who filed a petition challenging the acquisition and subsequent sale of 250 acre land to DLF to construct a golf course.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: August 29, 2012 1:51:11 am

Alleging business rivalry at the hands of its competitor,DLF on Tuesday questioned the credentials of the petitioners who filed a petition challenging the acquisition and subsequent sale of 250 acre land to DLF to construct a golf course.

Filing its detailed counter response on Tuesday,DLF said the issue pertaining to the demand of environment clearance was pending before the Supreme Court. Taking the reply on record,the High Court had deferred the case to October 15 as the petitioner in the case sought time to file a rejoinder. The stay on construction and creation of third party rights on 250 acre land in Gurgaon,where DLF plans to construct an 18-hole golf course,will prevail till the next date of hearing on October 15.

A public interest litigation was filed by Wazirabad village residents. The petitioners had challenged Haryana’s action of acquiring land in Gurgaon before selling it off to DLF.

DLF plans to develop air-conditioned apartments and villas,along with an 18-hole golf course,on the land under the project ‘The Magnolias’. The petitioners contended that the land belonged to the gram panchayat of Wazirabad village in Gurgaon. “A major chunk of it was notified forest area. But,Haryana allegedly acquired the land under the garb of public purpose before selling it to real estate company-DLF. In the process,the state jeopardised the rights of inhabitants of Wazirabad and destroyed the flora and fauna of the area,” they added.

The petitioners had claimed that on August 8,2003,Haryana initiated the move to acquire 278 acre,1 kanal and 10 marla within the revenue estate of Wazirabad. On January 20,2004,the state issued declaration under Section 6 of the Land Acquisition Act,and in January 2006,an award was passed by the Land Acquisition Collector. But on February 9,2010,the petitioners came to know about a deal between the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) and DLF Limited.

“HSIIDC had issued allotment letter dated in favour of DLF,whereby land was sought to be allotted to it on free-hold basis. The state government and HSIIDC acted on the instance of the respondent DLF and acquired it under a public purpose of development of recreational/ leisure project,” the petitioners further alleged.

Bar seeks immediate transfer of ‘uncle judges’

Demanding the immediate transfer of all the 17 “uncle judges” — judges whose relatives practice as lawyers in the same court — in the Punjab and Haryana High Court,the High Court Bar Association held a General House meeting on Tuesday to discuss issues of judicial nepotism and corruption.

While lawyers demanded that posts for judges lying vacant in the high court should be filled up without delay,abolition of the collegium system and constitution of the National Judicial Commission were the other issues that were discussed.

The Association passed a resolution to submit a memorandum to the Court’s Chief Justice against a judge who has been “misbehaving” with lawyers.

Addressing the lawyers,Advocate Tahar Singh said that lawyers should boycott the said judge’s court who has allegedly been “unnecessarily reprimanding” the lawyers.

Another speaker,Advocate Ranjan Lakhanpal,said: “Rather than merely passing resolutions,the Association should chalk out a plan about the action to be take.”

Advocate A K Sinha suggested that cameras should be installed inside courtrooms.

Stating that the provision of “contempt of court” is an obsolete provision and has become a weapon to spread judicial terrorism,Sinha said contempt of court cannot be misused.

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