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SC upholds Allahabad HC order against acquisition of Greater Noida land

July 6, 2011 - New Delhi

The Supreme court today upheld the order of the Allahabad High Court quashing the acquisition of over 156 hectares of land from farmers in Uttar Pradesh's Greater Noida area and allotting it to the builders.

The apex court also imposed Rs 10 lakh as cost on the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) and directed it to hand over the land to the villagers and farmers.

An apex court bench comprising justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly said: "GNIDA allotted the land to builders in complete violation for which the land was acquired."

The apex court bench said even before the government approved the use of land from industrial to residential purposes, the authority allotted the land to some builders.

The Supreme court bench further said that it need not interfere into the Allahabad High Court verdict, which held that the urgency provision applied by the authority for the acquisition of land was 'entirely a colourable exercise of power'.

The court said it will give a detailed reasoning for arriving at this judgement later.

The verdict of the court came on a PIL filed by GNIDA and real estate developers and builders, including Supertech and Amrapali, challenging the Allahabad High Court order.

In a major setback to the Mayawati government in Uttar Pradesh, the Allahabad High Court had on May 31 cancelled the acquisition of land at Gulistan village in Greater Noida for industrial development.


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