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SUKTEL PROJECT LAND ACQUISITION NOTICES QUASHED BY HIGH COURT Thursday, 19 May 2016 | PNS | CUTTACK | in Bhubaneswar

SUKTEL PROJECT LAND ACQUISITION NOTICES QUASHED BY HIGH COURT
Thursday, 19 May 2016 | PNS | CUTTACK | in Bhubaneswar
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The Orissa High Court on Wednesday quashed the land acquisition notifications of the Balangir district Collector for acquisition of 272 acres of land at village Bijkati for the Lower Suktel Irrigation Project in the district.
Finding discrepancies in the issuance of the notifications under the Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act of 2013, a Division Bench of Justices Kumari Sanju Panda and KR Mohapatra quashed the notifications.
A villager, Prahallad Pradhan, had approached the High Court seeking quashing of the notifications on the ground that the provisions of the Act have not been adhered to while issuing the notifications for “intent” and notification for “declaration”.
While notification for expressing intent to acquire the said land under Section 4 of the Act was made on December 31, 2011, the notification for declaration of acquisition under Section 6 of the Act was made more than 21 months after on October 22, 2013.
Stating that the notification under Section 6 of the Act has to be made within 12 months of the notification made under Section 4 of the Act, the petitioner had approached the court to quash the notifications terming them “arbitrary”.


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