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UP farmers happy with high court's verdict of returning land to owners

July 20, 2011 - Noida

Uttar Pradesh farmers on Wednesday expressed their happiness over the verdict of Allahabad High Court, which struck down the acquisition of 589 hectares of land in two villages of Greater Noida.

The verdict came as a setback to the builders and hundreds of buyers who had booked their homes.

"We have got justice and we are very happy. The poor farmers used to feed themselves by farming on their land so we thank god as we have got back our fields. Everybody is satisfied," said Harbans Singh, a villager.

"We are very happy with the court's verdict," said Laado Devi, another farmer.

The Allahabad High Court on Tuesday quashed the acquisition on the ground that land was acquired using 'urgency clause' when there was no need for it.

On July 7, 2011, the Supreme court had quashed the acquisition of 157 hectares of agricultural land to build luxury flats in the Noida Extension area in the National Capital Region.

Earlier, the Allahabad High Court on May 30 quashed the acquisition of 170 hectares of land at Gulistan village in Greater Noida for industrial development.

The order 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 acquisition issued on September 5, 2007 under section 4 of the Land Acquisition Act depriving the aggrieved persons of filing their objections on the ground that the matter was urgent.


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