A bench of Chief Justice H.L. Dattu, Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Arun Mishra sought the farmers' response during the hearing of a batch of petitions by farmers of 65 villages located in Noida, Greater Noida and Noida Extension.

Relying on the Allahabad High Court verdict of October 21, 2011, the farmers were seeking restoration of their land acquired by the Noida authority.

The Allahabad High Court, while quashing the acquisition of land in the villages, instead of restoring their ownership, had ordered 64.7 percent enhancement in compensation and the farmers getting 10 percent of their acquired land after its development.

Having questioned the farmers' plea, the apex court sought specific details of who had accepted the compensation and the time when they had challenged the validity of the acquisition of their lands by the Noida authority.

Even as a team of lawyers appearing for the farmers sought restoration of their acquired land, the bench said courts could not modify a development scheme to carve out a part of acquired land to be returned to the farmers after it has been developed.

The court said this when counsel Rakesh Sharma, appearing for some farmers, urged the court that their land, that were acquired under the emergency provision, be returned to them.

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