: The Madras High Court bench here ordered notice to the special district revenue officer (DRO) for land acquisition, Pudukottai, on a batch of four writ petitions filed by farmers from Kumaramangalam village, opposing the DRO’s proceedings to acquire their lands for laying a national highway.

In their writ petitions, the petitioners said that they were given land under the State government’s special scheme for the distribution of land to landless agricultural labourers in 2006.

The DRO, by his impugned proceedings dated September 28, 2012, proposed to acquire their lands without providing them any compensation, the petitioners alleged. Their objections against the land acquisition proceedings were rejected by the officials, they claimed.

“The officials denied compensation for the petitioners because they were beneficiaries of a special scheme.

In the impugned proceedings, the officials made false observations that we did not cultivate crops in our land”, they alleged in petitions.

The petitioners contended that they stopped cultivating crops on their lands only because there was no rain.

They had patta for their farmlands, the petitioners added. In their petition, they pleaded that the court should set aside the impugned proceedings of land acquisition or direct the officials to provide them adequate compensation for their lands.

Justice N. Kirubakaran ordered notice to the special DRO and adjourned the case to June 27.