Delayed petitions challenging land acquisition should not be entertained: Allahabad HC

In a judgment passed last month, the Allahabad High Court has ruled that the time limit for raising objections to land acquisition done for the public purpose, as prescribed under Section 3(C) of the National Highways Act, 1956, must be strictly adhered to.

The Bench of Justices Dilip Gupta and Dinesh Kumar Singh-I also reiterated various Supreme Court decisions in holding that the scope of judicial review of land acquisition involving public interest is limited. The Court was hearing a petition challenging land acquisition by the Centre through a notification in August 2013, under Section 3(D) of the Act. Prior to that, in January that year, the Centre had issued a notification under Section 3(A) of the Act, declaring its intention to acquire 6.8 hectares of land for public purpose.

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