Pinjore-Kalka project: Stay on construction to continue

The stay over construction in the Pinjore-Kalka urban complex project of HUDA will continue for another month. This is because the Haryana government, earlier this week sought time to furnish information as demanded by the Supreme Court.

The Haryana government, however, has produced certain information pertaining to acquisition proceedings of the land in question. On the last date of hearing, the Supreme Court had made it clear that the case will not be heard "piecemeal", especially not till the time court orders are complied with.

A division bench of the apex court had admonished Haryana for not placing on record the report of the Land Acquisition Officer (LAO) who had decided objections of land owners.

Surprisingly, the petitioners, on an earlier date of hearing had claimed that 388 objections were decided by the LAO in just one day. Alleging this, the counsel for the land owners had contended that the shocking pace at which the objections were decided proved that the entire process was a "mere formality". It was on July 23, 2008, according to the petitioners, that the then LAO had decided 388 objections in just one day.

The bench had pointed out that it was on October 31, 2011 when the Supreme Court had directed Haryana to produce the original file of the LAO. It has been nearly a year but the order has not been complied with by the state.

Responding, the counsel for Haryana had sought two days' time to produce the said file. Refusing to lift the stay, the apex court had remarked that first court orders had to be complied with only after which applications demanding vacation of stay would be considered.

On the last date of hearing, the petitioners had produced the sale deeds to prove their bonafides. On October 5, the Supreme Court had asked the petitioners to prove that they had not purchased the land after the acquisition proceedings were initiated (Section 4 of the Land Acquisition Act).

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