IN THE SUPREME COURT OF INDIA
CIVIL APPELLATE JURISDICTION
I.A.NOS. 3-4 OF 2014
CIVIL APPEAL NO.3872 OF 2010
RAM KISHAN & ORS ………APPELLANTS
STATE OF HARYANA & ORS ………RESPONDENTS
The brief facts are mentioned here under. The appellant nos. 24-28 are the owners and in possession of the land in question bearing khewat no. 260 Khasra no.46 killa nos.1 (3-18), 2(7-14),3/1(0-16), 8/2(0-16), 9(8-0), 10(6-1) and 26(0-5)totally measuring 27 kanals 13 marlas of land situated in the revenue estate of Village Kumashpur Tehsil and Distict Sonipat (Haryana). The appellants have been in continuous possession of the aforesaid land in question till date and harvesting crops. On 20.01.2003 the respondents published a notification under Section 4 of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894 (hereinafter referred to as ‘the L.A. Act’) bearing No. LAC (F)-NTLA/2003/137.Thereafter on 16.01.2004, the respondents issued notification under Section 6 of the L.A. Act bearing No. LAC (F)- NTLA/2004/190. The Land Acquisition Collector passed an award bearing No.7of the year 2006-2007 dated 14.01.2006.The appellants challenged the said notification in the High Court of Punjab and Haryana vide Civil Writ Petition No.3823 of 2008. The High Court vide its judgment and order dated 13.03.2008 dismissed the writ petition by assigning untenable reasons. Aggrieved by the same, the appellants have filed this appeal.
The learned counsel for the appellants placed strong reliance on the application filed under Section 24(2) of the Act of 2013 which has come into force w.e.f. 01.01.2014, the said provision is extracted hereunder:- “24(2)Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1), in case of land acquisition proceedings initiated under the LA Act, where an Award under the said Section 11 has been made five years or more prior to the commencement of this Act but the physical possession of the land has not been taken or the compensation has not been paid the said proceedings shall be deemed to have lapsed and the appropriate government, if it so chooses, shall initiate the proceedings of such land acquisition afresh in accordance with the provisions of this Act. Provided that whether an award has been made and compensation in respect of a majority of land holdings has not been deposited in the account of the beneficiaries specified in the notifications for acquisition under Section 4 of the said land acquisition and shall be entitled to compensation in accordance with the provisions of this Act.”…read more