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Friday, 23 October 2020

SC restrains third-party rights on 268-acre land in Gurugram

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 22

The Supreme Court has restrained private developers from creating any third-party rights in respect of 268-acre land in Gurugram, which is part of the Manesar land release case, and clarified that "no fresh development" should be undertaken.

Manesar land scam

  • A notification to acquire 912-acre and 7 marlas land was issued under Section 4 of the Land Acquisition Act on August 27, 2004, in Manesar, Lakhnaula and Naurangpur villages in Gurugram
  • Landowners in haste sold land at throwaway rates. When the land had been grabbed by land mafia, an order was passed for releasing the land in favour of the builders

It has also called for names of the officials who passed the orders in regard of the parcels of land, which were purchased before the Section 4 notification of the Land Acquisition Act, but were transferred by the landholders during the period from August 28, 2004, to January 29, 2010, by way of collaboration agreements.

A notification to acquire 912-acre and 7 marlas land was issued under Section 4 of the Land Acquisition Act on August 27, 2004, in Manesar, Lakhnaula and Naurangpur villages in Gurugram. Landowners in haste sold land at throwaway rates of Rs 20-25 lakh per acre. According to the CBI, when all the land had been grabbed from the landowners by land mafia under the threat of acquisition at meagre rates, an order was passed by the Director of Industries on August 24, 2007, for releasing the land in favour of the builders.

The present case in the SC pertains to clarification whether the apex court judgment dated March 12, 2018, by which the order of dropping acquisition proceedings was set aside, would also cover such parcels of land, which were purchased prior to the date of Section 4 notification but were transferred by the landholders during the period from August 28, 2004, to January 29, 2010, by way of collaboration agreements in favour of other parties.

Paradise Systems Private Limited, Frontier Home Developers Private Limited and Karma Lakeland Limited submitted before the court that their parcels of land would be outside the scope of the judgment dated March 12, 2018.

In an order dated October 13, the SC has now directed the state government to inform whether there are other such cases as well and has also called for all copies of the orders passed in context of these three parcels of land. It has also asked for the names of the officials who passed these orders. The next date is November 3.



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