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After it was criticised for "going berserk" with land acquisition in the state, the Haryana government on Wednesday said it will reconsider the challenge against acquisition for development of sectors 58 to 63 in Gurgaon.
Over 850 acres of land acquired by the Haryana government is under challenge. The undertaking was made by the law officer for Haryana before a division bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
The bench, comprising Justices Jasbir Singh and Augustine George Masih, slammed the government for arbitrary land acquisition and warned that "the courts are not helpless".
The court noted that while the government had argued the case for over a week, it has now suddenly decided to reconsider the acquisition.
"When you (state) are caught red handed, you are trying to escape," said the bench.
"We cannot tolerate what you are doing to the common man. This has to be stopped. We are shocked at the sad state of affairs. Be rational, be fair to everybody," it added.
The court said the land acquisition policy should be made "lucrative", so that every owner is willing to offer his land.
There are a total of 65 petitions, in which owners have challenged state acquisition of land and subsequent release to private individuals and builders.
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