New Delhi: Carrying out land acquisition without giving a fair trial to the land owners has come as an expensive blow to the Haryana government as the Supreme Court cancelled land acquisition of four acres of land in Punjuana village of Sirsa district.

According to reports, the state government had acquired 45 acres of land for a drinking water project in August 2009. But four of the land owners challenged the government step for not allowing them a fair hearing. After the petition was rejected by the High Court, they approached the Apex Court.

Hearing on the petition of the land owners, the Apex Court bench comprising Justice JS Singhvi and Justice Sudhanshu Jyoti Mukhopadhyay rejected the state government notification on the land acquisition.
 
Lawyer Rishi Malhotra had presented an argument that the land owners were not heard under the Section 5A prior to the land acquisition.

The High Court had accepted the report presented by the state government that claimed of hearing their objections in this regard which was put down by the Apex Court.

The government report had mentioned that more compensation was demanded by the land owners.

The Apex Court noted the land owners’ objection which stated that the land is more costly and is close to the national highway. Taking a tough stand on the issue, the court said, “such forceful land acquisition practices can have severe consequences which can leave owners with no land. The officials must not ignore the objections raised by the owners.”

JPN/Bureau