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Allahabad High Court directs Railways to pay Rs 1 crore compensation to petitioner for grabbing his agricultural land

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The Allahabad High Court had imposed a compensation of one crore rupees on the Railways for grabbing the agricultural land of the petitioner without following the legal procedure and without giving compensation.

The Division Bench of Justice Sunita Agarwal and Justice Manjive Shukla heard the petition filed by Chiranji Lal.

It is sought to be submitted therein that pursuant to the order dated 15.02.2023 passed by the Court, a fresh computation of compensation payable to the petitioner, for utilisation of his land without adopting due process of law, has been made by the District Level Committee and an amount of Rs 45,41,729/- has been determined as compensation for the land-in-question in the joint meeting of the District Magistrate and the Railway Administration. 

The bank draft dated 28.02.2023 of Rs 45,41,729/- has been handed over to Sanjay Singh, Advocate appearing for the petitioner in the.

As regards the cost of Rs 1 crore, imposed by the Court under the order dated 31.01.2023, it is submitted by the counsel for the respondent- Railways that a S.L.P (Union of India & ors vs Chiranji Lal) has been filed on 01.03.2023 before the Apex Court and the respondents expect early hearing of the the said petition by the Apex Court.

The request, thus, has been made to grant permission to the respondent Railways to present the bank draft of Rs 1 crore in the name of the petitioner towards the cost, after the decision of the special leave petition.

“Taking note of the above facts, we post the matter on 27th March, 2023. The result of the special leave petition filed before the Apex Court shall be brought before this court on the next date fixed. In case the respondents- Railways loses before the Apex Court, they shall present the bank draft of Rs 1 crore towards the cost on the next date fixed.

It is open for the counsel for the petitioner to file his objection to the computation made by the respondents indicated in the affidavit, on the next date fixed”, the order reads.

The Court has fixed the next hearing of the petition on March 27, 2023.

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