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SC slams Hooda govt in Manesar land acquisition case: Top 10 developments

Supreme CourtThe Supreme Court on Tuesday set aside two land acquisition processes initiated by the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government in villages near Gurgaon, stating that the August 24, 2007 decision was “nothing but fraud on power”. The apex court verdict came on a plea related to the land acquisition done by the Haryana government for acquiring lands measuring 912 acres from three villages namely, Manesar, Lakhnoula and Naurangpur of Gurgaon district to set up the Chaudhari Devi Lal Industrial Township. The top court passed a slew of directions granting relief to the farmers whose land were acquired and later taken by the builders. The apex court also directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to investigate transactions, including unearthing unnatural gains received by ‘middlemen’ related to the case. 10 points: 1. On February 26, 2005, 224 acres of land was released from acquisition by the government but private builders approached the farmers for purchase of their land at throwaway prices. The builders who had purchased the land from farmers later approached the government for licence to build housing societies and they were subsequently granted the approvals. 2. Just two days before the pronouncement of award for the land acquired by the government on August 26, 2007, an order was passed on August 24, 2007 for dropping the acquisition. The land was initially purchased for around Rs 2.5 million per acre, but while the acquisition process progressed, prices rose to Rs 80 million per acre. The land was finally purchased by DLF Home Developers Ltd at the rate of Rs 45 million per acre, reported NDTV. 3. A bench of Justices Adarsh Kumar Goel and U U Lalit said two decisions that were taken on August 24, 2007 and January 29, 2010 with regard to dropping of acquisition and closing of proceedings respectively were taken to “confer advantages and benefits upon the builders/private entities rather than to carry out or effectuate public purpose”. 4. “The record indicates that various entities including certain ‘middlemen’ cornered unnatural gains and walked away with huge profits taking the entire process of acquisition for a ride.

Source: Business Standard