Haryana farmers want their 350 acres back from DLF

July 17th, 2012 - 12:17 am ICT by IANS  

Gurgaon, July 16 (IANS) The residents of Wazirabad village have filled a public interest litigation (PIL) in the Punjab and Haryana High Court against allotment of around 350 acres prime land to the real estate giant DLF, that was acquired for public purpose by the Haryana government. The hearing will take place July 18, an official said.

Earlier, on February 9 this year, the division bench headed by then chief justice Ranjan Gogoi had issued notices to Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) and Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) on the land allotment to DLF.

DLF is developing villas and golf course on the land.

After that the court decided July 12 to seek the response of the state government and DLF on the issue, but due to the country wide strike of lawyers the court deferred the hearing to July 18.

The PIL was filed by Rajkumr Yadav and other residents of Wazirabad village, who alleged that acting on the instance of DLF, the Haryana government acquired the land for public purpose and then allotted it to the company.

First, 75 acres of land was acquired by HUDA through notification of Sep 8, 1997, and then around 275 acres of land was acquired by HSIIDC through notification of Aug 8, 2003.

The land was transferred to DLF Ltd. on February 9, 2010, on free hold basis.

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