Waiting for 40 years for the compensation against the land acquired by the Haryana government,hope finally floated for Hisar resident Maman Singh on Saturday after the Punjab and Haryana High Court slammed the state authorities and imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 on them.
Rather than depositing the compensation in a court,as per the rules,the state authorities took the plea that it had deposited Rs 50,000 as compensation in the treasury office on August 22,1984.
The money was in lieu Maman Singh’s land which was acquired after a state government notification on July 18,1972. The Haryana law officer took the plea that the deadline to withdraw the compensation stood lapsed on March 31,1988.
However,the petitioner averred that after completing the acquisition,the compensation was not deposited before the court. He contended that as per the rules,the compensation has to be disbursed to the landowner and if the land owner is not present,it has to be deposited in a court.
Reprimanding the state,a division bench comprising Justice Hemant Gupta and Justice R N Raina held that the respondents (Haryana) have defaulted to comply with the statutory provisions. The deposit in the name of Land Acquisition Officer in the Treasury Office is not a payment of the compensation amount to the land owner.
It may be mentioned that Maman Singh had earlier also approached the high court in January 2010. The court had then directed the Land Acquisition Officer,Hisar,to decide his claim in accordance with law expeditiously.
Directing the state to award compensation,the division bench ruled that Maman Singh will be entitled to interest along with statutory benefits from the date,the possession was taken from him till the payment is made.
The order further reads the amount of compensation along with interest and cost shall be disbursed to the petitioners within a period of two months from the date of receipt of certified copy of this order.