2016 ALL SCR 1629
SUPREME COURT

ANIL R. DAVE, SHIVA KIRTI SINGH AND ADARSH KUMAR GOEL, JJ.

N. D. Sharma & Ors. Vs. Union of India & Ors.

Civil Appeal No.4943 of 2006,Civil Appeal No.4943 of 2006,Civil Appeal No.282 of 2008

13th January, 2016.

Petitioner Counsel: Mr. ROHIT SHARMA, Mr. AJAY KUMAR TALESARA
Respondent Counsel: Mr. SUBRAMONIAM PRASAD, Sr. Adv., Mr. ABHAY KUMAR, Mr. TENZING TSERING, Mr. VISHNU B. SAHARYA, Mr. VIRESH B. SAHARYA, for M/s. SAHARYA & CO., Ms. KIRAN BHARDWAJ, Mr. S.W.A. QADRI, Mr. M. KHAIRATI, Mr. ZAID ALI, for Mr. D.S. MAHRA

Land Acquisition Act (1894), S.5 - Enhancement of compensation - Big chunk of land acquired from three different villages - Sum of Rs.32,951/- per bigha awarded in respect of land of village 'I' - Said land and subject land abut each other and they all form part of one chunk of land - Therefore, same amount of compensation should be awarded in respect of subject land. (Paras 4, 5, 6)

Cases Cited:
Ram Kishan (Deceased) Thru. LRs. Vs. Union of India, RFA No.859/1995, Dt.4.3.2004 [Para 4]


JUDGMENT

ANIL R. DAVE, J. :- Delay in filing substitution applications in Civil Appeal No.4943/2006, is condoned.

2. Applications in Civil Appeal No.4943/2006, for bringing on record the legal representatives of Appellant Nos.1 and 3 are allowed.

3. In all these appeals, the issue involved is with regard to enhancement of compensation in respect of the land, which had been acquired under a Notification issued under Section 4 of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894, on 3rd June, 1987 for establishment of a Power House. A big chunk of land ad-measuring approximately 270 bighas and 15 biswas was acquired by the Government from three different villages, namely, Holambi Khurd, Bawana and Naya Bans @ Iradat Nagar.

4. It is an admitted fact that for the land situated in Iradat Nagar, a sum of Rs.32,951/- (Rupees Thirty Two Thousand Nine Hundred Fifty One only) per bigha had been awarded by the High Court by its judgment in RFA No.859/1995 [Ram Kishan (Deceased) Thru. LRs. Vs. Union of India] decided on 4th March, 2004.

5. It is also an admitted fact that the land of Iradat Nagar and the land, which is the subject matter of these appeals, abut each other and they all form part of one chunk of land.

6. In the circumstances, we are of the view that same amount of compensation should be awarded to the present appellants in respect of their acquired land and therefore, we direct that a sum of Rs.32,951/- (Rupees Thirty Two Thousand Nine Hundred Fifty One only) per bigha and statutory benefits should be awarded to the appellants.

7. The impugned judgment is modified accordingly. The appeals stand allowed with no order as to costs. Pending application, if any, stands disposed of.

Appeal allowed.