HUDA fails to possess its plot for 21 yrs,gets HC notice

The Haryana Urban Development Authority has failed to take the possession of plot in Faridabad that it had ‘resumed’ from a private party 21 years ago.

Written by RAGHAV OHRI | Chandigarh | Published: February 23, 2012 12:40:02 am

The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) has failed to take the possession of plot in Faridabad that it had ‘resumed’ from a private party 21 years ago. The plot was earlier allotted to the private party in 1991.

Questioning ‘the magnanimity’,the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday asked HUDA to explain why it had not taken back the possession of the plot. A division bench of Justices Hemant Gupta and A N Jindal gave HUDA two months to submit its report. The directions came after HC dismissed a petition filed by the private party,M/s Printers Engineers Company,terming it as “gross abuse of process of law.”

The company was allotted a plot in Sector 25,Faridabad but the same was resumed by HUDA under Section 17 of the Haryana Urban Development Authority Act,1977. The company’s appeal challenging the resumption orders was dismissed both by the HUDA and the Punjab and Haryana High Court in 1991.

Later,a policy to recall the resumption orders was circulated on September 26,1991. On the basis of such policy,Chief Administrator,HUDA ordered the restoration of the plot on May 14,1998 . A petition filed by the company challenging the petition was again dismissed.

After almost 12 years,the company again filed a representation before HUDA,which the authority rejected on January 13. Challenging the dismissal order,the company moved the high court. Terming the petitioner a “rank encroacher”,the court on Wednesday dismissed the petition.

The HC,however,directed the HUDA to submit a status report in respect of the possession of plot in dispute and to explain,as to why the possession has not been taken for such a long period.

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