November 19, 2008 12:43:26 am
The Delhi High Court has sought a response from the Lieutenant Governor Tejendra Khanna and two public land agencies on a 23-year delay to give compensation to residents of Devli Pahar village near Saket for their land acquired in the name of planned development of the city.
The court had directed the government in September 2005 to pay the evicted farmers damages for the acquisition of the 1,100 acre of land taken.
The acquisition, which also covered area in Nangal Dewat and Mahipalpur, was part of a large-scale project for the expansion of the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport.
This time the farmers are back in court seeking contempt action against the government for “wilful defiance” of the earlier judicial direction.
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Admitting their petition, Justice Shiv Narayan Dhingra, who is hearing the case, has issued notices to the Lieutenant
Governor of Delhi, the Land and Building Department and the Land Acquisition Collector.
The responses of all the three have to be submitted to the court by April 27.
In 2005, the court had asked the farmers to file a proper representation before the Collector giving particulars of the land owned by them and the compensation they expected.
The Collector was asked to verify each and every application and pass orders for compensation within six months of receiving the application.
“Farmers had filed their claims before the Land Acquisition Commissioner way back in October 2005 but other than false assurances they got little else,” Surat Singh, counsel for the farmers submitted in court.
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