Allahabad: Already facing criticism over its land acquisition policy, the Uttar Pradesh Government received another setback on Tuesday as the Allahabad High Court stayed acquisition of land in two Greater Noida villages.

Land in Bishrakh and Devla village was to be acquired for allotment to score of Real Estate firms for development of township and residential apartments.

Hearing all the petitions filed by villagers and farmers against the acquisition collectively, the High Court asked the state government and land owners to maintain status quo.

In effect, the acquisition process of 32 acres of land in Bishrakh and Devla village comes to a halt after the HC order.

Counsel Pankaj Dubey said that out of the 32 hectare, 2.5 hectare of land was acquired for industrial development in Devla village in 2009. The remaining land was to be acquired in Bishrakh Jalalpur for which petition was filed separately. Now the High Court would hear all the petitions collectively in July, Dubey informed.