HC directs Telangana govt. not to take over lands as per GO No 123

Hyderabad: The Hyderabad High Court on Thursday passed interim orders directing the Telangana State government not to acquire lands from the farmers for irrigation projects as per the GO No 123. The court also made it clear that it has no objection to the State government acquiring lands through the Central Land Acquisition Act 2013. However, the court adjourned the hearing on the petitioners’ plea to scrap the State government’s GO No. 123. 

When the State government started land acquisition proceedings for Mallanna Sagar project on the basis of GO No. 123, some 100 farmers from Medak, Mahbubnagar, Karimnagar and other districts filed petitions challenging the GO 123 and sought stay which was deferred earlier to be issued again. The farmers alleged that the TRS government has been forcibly taking over their lands as per GO No 123, which is of no use to them and ignoring the Central Act. They urged the court to quash the State Land Act. 

Contesting the farmers’ allegations, the Advocate-General submitted to the court that the government was not coercing any farmer to give his land for the irrigation projects. He submitted to the court that the government was accepting the lands from the farmers who were coming forward voluntarily.

The government pleader also claimed that the State government was giving more compensation to the farmers than suggested in the Land Acquisition Act. Hearing both the parties, the High Court passed interim orders directing the State government not to acquire lands of farmers under GO No 123 under any circumstances. The court will take up a detailed hearing before a final verdict is delivered.  –NSS

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