The Times Of India, Feb 12 2104,Hyderabad: Justice A V Sesha Sai of the AP High Court has set aside a notification issued by the district collector of Kadapa to acquire 119-acre land for providing house sites to weaker sections under Indiramma scheme.
Kondireddy Venkatasubba Reddy and others, all of whom are small farmers of Yerraguntla mandal of the district, challenged the land acquisition notification issued by the collector on August 19, 2008. According to the petitioners, when the revenue divisional officer conducted an enquiry under the Act to acquire the land, they raised objections saying that that they would be deprived of their livelihood if small holdings were acquired for the scheme. They urged the authorities to acquire alternate land available in the mandal. They said that the collector had passed the award of compensation ignoring their objections and without issuing a notice to them.
The judge observed that “In my opinion, the whole approach of the collector is totally unsatisfactory. The proposed acquisition of the petitioners’ land is to provide house sites for weaker sections. The fact that the petitioners are small farmers, I find no justification to acquire the land of small farmers for providing house sites to the so-called weaker sections.”
While setting aside the land acquisition proceedings of the collector, the judge directed the authorities to hold 5 (A) enquiry as mandated by the land acquisition Act after giving notice and opportunity of being heard to the petitioners and to proceed in accordance with law. Till such exercise is undertaken and finalised, status quo on the land shall be maintained by both the state and the private parties, the judge said.