Allahabad HC quashes land acquisition, jolt for Mayawati

Allahabad: For all the blood that was shed and the political gimmicks that followed at Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh, the twist in the land possession tale took another turn with the Allahabad High Court today quashing the acquisition of 170 hectares of land at Gulistan village for industrial development.

The order, which is a setback to the Mayawati government, was passed by a division bench comprising Justice Sunil Ambawani and Justice Kashi Nath Pandey on a petition filed by landowners and farmers challenging the government notification for land acquisiton issued on 5 September 2007 under section 4 of the Land Acquisition Act.

The verdict would force Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati to find a different way out to fight her political opponents. Vijay Mathur/Reuters

The declaration of the acquisition was made on 27 February 2008, about more than five months.

The court rejected the contention that there was any urgency and said the landowners have to be given an opportunity for hearing by filing their objections.

This was the third time that the HC has set aside land acquisition in Greater Noida where the farmers are up in arms against the state government's land acquisition demanding adequate compensation for their land and had clashed with police earlier this month.

On 12 and 15 May, the high court had quashed acquisition of more than 170 hectares in Gautam Budh Nagar district.