HC cancels allotment of 350 acres to DLF in Gurgaon, says ‘transfer not fair’

The petitioners stated that another 75 acres were also transferred to DLF in 2010 in a similar fashion.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: September 4, 2014 3:11 am

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday quashed the Haryana government’s decision to transfer 350 acres of land in Gurgaon,  which had ostensibly been acquired for public welfare, to DLF for development of a residential society, commercial facilities, sports activity and a golf course.

“The allotment of the acquired land to DLF on February 9, 2010, is disapproved as the transfer was not fair, just and reasonable,” ruled a division bench of Justice Surya Kant and Justice Amol Rattan Singh.

While it upheld the land acquisition, the court directed the Haryana government to conduct an auction of the land by inviting international bids. The court has ordered that international bidders should be involved in the fresh process. DLF is allowed to participate in the new process,” said Sudhanshu Makkar, advocate for one of the petitioners.

The court gave the Haryana government and the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited one month to appoint a consultant who should, within two months of his appointment, prepare a report so that fresh bidding can be carried out within six months.

“The consultant should give an undertaking that he is not related to any bidder in any way,” said the court. He should formulate guidelines which should not favour any of the prospective bidders, it said.

Meanwhile, a DLF spokesperson said, “DLF won this land in an international competitive bid conducted twice by the government of Haryana in 2009-10. As a copy of the order is awaited, we wish to clarify that it will have no bearing on any of our completed or ongoing projects. This land was to be developed in the future. After reading the order and taking legal advice, we will take appropriate steps.”

In 2003, the Haryana government had acquired 278-acre forest land in Gurgaon, ostensibly for public welfare.  But in 2010, the state government transferred the land to DLF after a bidding process.

Six petitions were filed in the High Court by land owners and panchayats challenging the acquisition and the government’s decision to transfer the land to DLF. They said that  according to the Forest Conservation Act, the Ministry of Environment and Forest’s permission is required for using the land for commercial purposes.

The petitioners stated that another 75 acres, acquired by HSIIDC in 1997, was also transferred to DLF in 2010 in a similar fashion.

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First Published on: September 3, 2014 8:11 pm
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    Brijkhanna
    Sep 3, 2014 at 3:25 pm
    KYA ISS LANDALLOTMENT MEIN BHI VADRA KA HISSA THHA?
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      Bharat Vajani
      Sep 3, 2014 at 6:10 pm
      So the countdown started ?
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        h jig
        Sep 3, 2014 at 5:05 pm
        Yeh bhi koi puchne ki baat thi ???
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          Jay
          Sep 4, 2014 at 11:50 am
          The land will be presented in a golden platter to Adani group for sure.
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            Kapil Dev Suri
            Sep 4, 2014 at 8:40 am
            i am at a loss to know why media has not given importance to burning news of DLF LAND DEAL WHICH WAS ILLEGALLY ALLOTED TO ROBERT VADHRA SON IN LAW OF SONIA THE CHAIR PERSON OF UPA.. THE COURT HELD HARYANA GOVT GUILTY OF ALLOTING THE LAND ILLEGALLY IN FAVOR SONIAS SON IN LAW WHO MADE BILLIONS OF RUPEES IN THIS DEAL BY THE HELP OF HARYANA CONGRESS GOVT . THE COURT SET ASIDE THE LAND DEAL AND INSTRUCTED HARYANA GOVT TO SELL IT IN OPEN BIDDING . ASHOK KHEMKA IAS OFFICER OBJECTED THIS ILLEGAL DEAL COSEQUENTLY HE WAS HARED AS A PUNISHMENT TO HIS HONESTY ?
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              Gundappa Srinivas
              Sep 4, 2014 at 6:06 am
              Taliban of Indian Agriculture- Greedy buildersIt is very very good decision the High Court asking Haryana Govt tocancel this allotment of land to DLF. This project of 350 acres is exclusivelyfor the most rich and elites who already have minimum 3 to 100 properties allover India.Haryana and Punjab belong to the Agri Bowl of India, destroying hugeplots of lands like this to these crazy housing, entertainment andinfrastructure will further destroy the food production.This 350 acres of land Haryana give it back to the farmers and ask themto establish “Special Agri Flori Horticulture Export Zone” let the thesefarmers make accompany and tie up with Israel or Holland company and start thisventure.This 350 acres pleas keep it Green, it is very tragic that companies likeDLF, Lava, Brigade, Shobha etc. have become very very greedy and havemercilessly destroying the agri lands and farm houses, and the most painfulagony is all their projects is for people who can afford 1 crore plus houses,In Bangalore and other places the rich own minimum 5 to 100 properties andthese crazy builders cater to this greedy elites, shame on this builders whohave become Taliban to Indian Agriculture.
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                Mahatma
                Sep 3, 2014 at 10:35 pm
                Well done Punjab and Haryana High Court,you have done a great service to save the country from corrupt government and rich vultures eating the poor.
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