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Supreme Court upholds 2018 order on land acquisition

The court said landowners cannot say the proceedings have lapsed.

The court said landowners cannot say the proceedings have lapsed.  

Reiterates ruling under Section 24 (2) of 2013 law

A Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court on Friday held that land acquisition proceedings under the 1894 Act will not be deemed to have lapsed under Section 24(2) of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013, if the authorities have tendered the compensation by deposit in the Treasury.

A five-judge Bench, led by Justice Arun Mishra, held that landowners, who had refused to accept compensation or who sought reference for higher compensation, cannot claim that the acquisition proceedings had lapsed under Section 24(2) of the 2013 Act.

Ruling affirmed

With this, the Constitution Bench has affirmed the February 2018 ruling on Section 24 by a three-judge Bench, led by Justice Mishra himself, in the Indore Development Authority case.

The Bench has overruled an earlier co-ordinate Bench ruling in the Pune Municipal Corporation case of 2014.

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