Land acquisition order gifted govt. laxity: CJI - The Hindu - 29/09/2020
Land Acquisition Judgement March 2020:
In March 2020, a Constitution Bench, led by Justice Arun Mishra gave out a judgement on Section 24 on land acquisition compensation awards.
The five-judge Bench also overruled an earlier 2014 ruling under the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act of 2013.
The judgment had declared that acquisition would only lapse if the government had neither taken possession nor paid the compensation due to the landowner for five or more years prior to January 1, 2014.
The compensation would be considered paid if the amount is put in the Treasury.
There was no obligation that the amount should be deposited in the court in order to sustain the land acquisition proceedings. Thus, there is no lapse if possession has been taken and compensation has not been paid.
Also, if compensation has been paid and possession not taken of the land, there is no lapse.