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HC rejects farmer’s plea for compensation

Power lines over his agricultural land were installed 40 yrs ago.

Written by Express News Service | Allahabad | Published: April 7, 2013 2:57:30 am

The Allahabad High Court has rejected the plea of a farmer demanding over Rs 68 lakh compensation from the power department in lieu of installing high tension wires about 40 years ago over his agricultural land.

The court said that in about 40 years’ time,the petitioner had not objected to the presence of the electric lines over his field or demanded any compensation for the same. Also,the court noted that the petitioner was not being deprived of his right to beneficial enjoyment of land,as the land was registered as an agriculture land and the petitioner has not claimed any hindrance to his agricultural operations.

However,the court said that the authorities concerned may consider shifting of the lines away from his fields,provided the petitioner paid the cost involved to the power department.

Rejecting the plea of one Mohammad Sharif Saifi,a Moradabad resident,on Friday,a division bench of Justices Sunil Ambwani and Bharat Bhushan said,“We do not find any merit in the submission of the petitioner that he is entitled to any compensation for the electricity lines,which have been drawn over his land and were energised almost 40 years ago providing supply of electricity to the area.” The petitioner had approached the court after his application to the Zila Panchayat seeking permission to hold market on his land,which is along the main road,was rejected in 2009.

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