The Allahabad High Court on Wednesday directed status quo in connection with a matter pertaining to allotment of land in Gharbara village to a private party by the Greater Noida Authority. The court passed the order while hearing a petition alleging that the land had been allotted by the Authority to a private party without acquiring it properly. The matter will come up for hearing after three weeks.
A division bench of Justices R K Agarwal and Mushaffey Ahmad said: Let a counter affidavit be filed by the respondents within three weeks. In the meantime,status quo as existing today with regard to area of the aforesaid plot,which has not been acquired,shall be maintained.
Shiv Kant Mishra,counsel for petitioner Sulla and others,said the main prayers made in the petition was for quashing of the allotment order to the private party and the lease deed executed by the Greater Noida Authority. Also,we had requested the court to order an inquiry,preferably by the CBI,into the allotment, said Mishra.
The matter pertained to Gharbara village in Greater Noida,which was part of the area demarcated as Tech City zone. Mishra said the land,measuring around 1,01,175 square metres,belonging to the petitioners was allotted to the private party on March 23,2005,without the state government initiating any acquisition proceedings.
On October 20,2005,a notification for land acquisition was issued. Further,on July 21,2006,a lease deed in this regard was executed by the Greater Noida,said Mishra. However,the lease deed was only for 75,000 square metres,but the private party allegedly began encroaching upon land that was not acquired,following which the petitioners approached the high court,said Mishra.