Farmers Should Not be Compelled to Transfer Land in Government’s Favor: Allahabad High Court

The Gautam Buddh Nagar (NOIDA) authorities have been instructed by the High Court of Allahabad not to force the farmers in Tehsil Jewar to execute land sale deeds in the state’s favor unless they voluntarily consent to it. The court did clarify, though, that the state authorities would be free to purchase the aforementioned land in accordance with the legal process.

The Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority of India (YEIDA) counsel said that the Authority would not force the landowners to execute a sale deed in the Authority’s favor, but rather had only proposed that the land owners sell their land to the Authority for public purposes. (Image for illustration)

A division bench made up of justice Manish Kumar Nigam and acting chief justice Manoj Kumar Gupta decided this case after considering a writ petition submitted by a farmer named Mahendar Singh and 98 other farmers.

The current writ petition was filed seeking a writ of mandamus to prevent the state government authorities, who are the respondents in this case, from forcing the petitioners to sign a sale agreement for their bhumidhari land located in the pargana and tehsil Jewar of Gautam Buddh Nagar district, as well as in the villages of Tirthali, Tirthali Kheda, Rabupura, Karauli Banger, Akalpur, Kuraib, Chakbeerampur, and Beerampur.

The petitioners claimed that the state respondents were forcing and coercing them into signing a sale deed in their favor for the aforementioned land. The respondents were forcing the petitioners to sell their land even though they weren’t ready to do so.

The Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority of India (YEIDA)’s attorney, however, contended that the Authority had only suggested that the landowners sell their land to the Authority for public purposes and that they would not be forced to execute a sale deed in the Authority’s favor or take possession of the land until the parties reach an amicable agreement regarding compensation and the execution of title documents.

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