Digital Desk, New Delhi. The Supreme Court on Tuesday said that the invaluable right of a person to express his grievances against land acquisition should not be unduly curtailed. Justice KM Joseph and Justice S. Ravindra Bhat said, simply because the object of acquisition is found to be a public object, the duty of the authority is not abated.
It further said, they should be satisfied that there is such genuine agency that the invaluable right granted to any person to express their grievances against the acquisition has not been unreasonably abridged. Section 5A of the Act (Land Acquisition Act) guarantees the right. A person interested in property which was the only statutory protection to prevent the compulsory acquisition of his property.
The bench emphasized that the authorities should be alive and alert to the invaluable right created in favor of the citizens. The 62-page judgment of the top court came on a plea challenging the acquisition of land for public purpose and Kalindi Kunj residential cum commercial scheme of Bulandshahr-Khurja Development Authority.