Central government to pay fine for acquiring land

April 22nd, 2008 - 10:54 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, April 22 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Tuesday slammed the central government for acquiring a piece of land in east Delhi without providing alternate land to a farmer, and slapped a fine of Rs.10,000 on the government. A bench comprising Justices S. Murlidhar and S. K. Mishra pulled up the government for not properly hearing the claims of the farmer’s family members who had sought an alternative plot of land.

Chhaju Singh’s 24 bighas land was acquired by the government in Babarpur village in east Delhi in 1959.

The government compensated the family only for seven bighas of land as the rest of the portion was under illegal possession.

The family then approached various government authorities for the compensation but failed to get any relief.

Singh’s pleas were rejected on the ground that compensation was granted only for that portion of land, which the government succeeded in acquiring.

Singh’s family tried to get relief from the government for several years and later approached the Delhi High Court in 1993.

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