Delhi Development Authority v. Harish Sawhney (SC)
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SUPREME COURT OF INDIA
Before :- Kurian Joseph and Rohinton Fali Nariman, JJ.
Civil Appeal No. 11855 of 2016 (@ Special Leave Petition (C) No. 8771 of 2016). D/d.
Delhi Development Authority - Appellants
Harish Sawhney & Ors. - Respondents
Counsel for the Parties :- P.S.Narasimha, ASG, Ajit Kumar Sinha, Sr. Adv., Praneet Pranav, Ms. Binu Tamta, Shadman Ali, Ms. Rashmi Malhotra, Vibhu Shanker Mishra, R. S. Nagar, Raj Bahadur Yadav, Ms. Meera Bhatia, M. P. Gupta, Dev Kumar, B. K. Prasad, D. S. Mahra, N.S. Vasisht, Vishal Singh, Ms. Jyoti Kataria, M.P. Bhargava, Pradeep Misra, S.K. Rout, Onkar Prasad, Meera Bhatia, Nitin Mishra, Mahabir Singh, Sr. Adv., Rakesh Dahiya, Satyavan Kudalwal, Aditya Dahiya, Ravinder Sethi, Sr. Adv., Rajiv Kumar Ghawana, T.V.S. Raghavendra Sreyas, AOR, Puneet Sharma, Bankey Bihari, Ms. Smita Maan, B.S. Maan, Vishal Maan, Naresh Maan, R.K. Shokeen, Roopansh Purohit, Sumit Bansal, Ateev Mathur, Ms. Richa Oberoi, Vikas Kumar, Preetik Kohli, Manish Paliwal, Vanshaja Shukla, Ritika Jhuniani, Anup Kumar, B. Tripathy, Naresh Kaushik, Randhir Pandey, Gaurav Goel, Praveen Sehrawat, Sumeer Sodhi, Arjun Nanda, T. Mahipal, AOR, Ms. Bushra Parveen, Ms. Minali Deswal, Ms. Rachana Srivastava, Atul Kumar, Amrender Saran, Sr. Adv., Ashwani Kumar, Rahul Bhatia, Ms. Richa Kapoor, Ms. Mallika Parmar, Ms. Seema Patnaha, Manoj K. Mishra, Sandeep Kr. Dwivedi, Umesh Dubey, Ms. Meghna Kalra, Ms. Madhubala, S.K. Pathak, Alok Gupta, Dinesh Kumar Garg, Deepak Mishra, Ashok Kumar Bhardwaj, N.S. Dalal, D.P. Singh, R. C. Kaushik, Anoop Baghi, Sr. Adv., Amitabh Kumar Verma, Rajesh Singh Chauhan, Jitendra Mohan Sharma, Sr. Adv., Sanchit Garg, Adnan Siddiqui, Ajit Sharma, Amit Gupta, Ms. Mansi Kukreja, Anant Pavgi, for Mitter & Mitter Co., P.P. Malhotra, Sr. Adv., Yasir Rauf, Adnan Siddiqui, Ajit Sharma, A. K. Sanghi, Sr. Mohan Prasad Gupta, R.K. Rathore, Shadman Ali, R.R. Rajesh, Ms. Rashmi Malhotra, R.R. Rajesh, Vikash, M. K. Maroria, D.S. Mahra, Ms. Rachana Srivastava, Ms. Monika, Sukrit R. Kapoor, Manish K. Bishnoi, Venkat Poonia, Ms. Sushma Suri, Gaurav Sarin, Mrs. Charul Sarin, Mrs. Ranjeeta Rohatgi, Navin Chawla, Ms. Nidhi Mohan Prashar, Rupeshwar Sandhu, Rajendra Prasad Saxena, N.P. Sahani, Anil Kaushik, Raghvendra Verma, Rajinder Singh, Abhishek Mishra, Ms. Arunima Dwivedi, R.K. Singh, Ms. Deepa Rai, Kedar Nath Tripathy, Atul Kumar, Vikas Pandey, Ms. Sweety Singh, Tushar Duneja, Girish Chandra, Ms. Minali Deswal, Rajiv Sharma, Ms. Archana Kumari, Jamnesh Kumar, Vishnu B. Saharya, Viresh B. Saharya, for M/s Saharya & Co., Jagjit Singh, Chhabra, Anirudh Kumar, Sakshim Maheshwari, Ms Iti Sharma, Piyush Sharma, Ms. Priya Puri, Govind Goel, Ankit Goel, Bharat Beriwal, Rajiv Ranjan Dwivedi, Ashish Garg, T. L. Garg, Alok Bhachawat, Ms. Tanishi Chandra, Ms. Amita Singh Kalkal, Ms. Ranjeeta Rohtagi, Ms. Garima Prashad, Ms. S. Janani, Mohit D. Ram, Neeraj Kumar Sharma, Ms. Jasmine Damkewala, Ms. Meenakshi Chauhan, Ram Naresh Yadav, Bharat Bhushan, Rabin Majumder, Gagan Gupta, K. B. Rohtagi, Rajat Bhardwaj, Ms. Jyoti Mendiratta, Dhananjay Garg, Advocates.
Constitution of India, 1950 Article 133 Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation ad Resettlement Act Section >24(2) Civil Appeal - Appellant is given a period of one year to exercise its liberty granted under Section 24(2) of Act for initiation of acquisition proceedings afresh - Clarifications made that in case no fresh acquisition proceedings are initiated within said period, the appellant if in possession shall return the physical possession of the land to the owner.
[Paras 4 and 5]
Kurian, J. - Leave granted.
2. This is a case where transfer is made after Section 4(1) Notification under The Land Acquisition Act, 1894, but prior to Section 6(1) Declaration.
3. This appeal is, accordingly, dismissed.
4. In the peculiar facts and circumstances of this case, the appellant is given a period of one year to exercise its liberty granted under Section 24(2) of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 for initiation of the acquisition proceedings afresh.
5. We make it clear that in case no fresh acquisition proceedings are initiated within the said period of one year from today by issuing a Notification under Section 11 of the Act, the appellant, if in possession, shall return the physical possession of the land to the owner.
Pending applications, if any, stand disposed of.
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