The Supreme Court has ordered the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) Vice-Chairman to Appear while expressing disappointment with manner in which the DDA had dealt with the valuable land.
The appellant, DDA is given a period of one year to exercise its liberty granted under Section 24(2) of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 for initiation of the acquisition proceedings afresh.
The bench of Justices MR Shah and BV Nagarathna stated, “We are very disappointed with the manner in which the DDA has dealt with the very valuable land. First of all, despite the service of notice, nobody appeared on behalf of the DDA. We were constrained to request Shri K. M. Nataraj, learned ASG to see to it that somebody appears on behalf of the DDA.
Thereafter, Nishit Agrawal, learned counsel has appeared on behalf of the DDA today. It is reported that Review Petition D. No. 3906/2022 has been filed only last week, which is filed on the basis of the Full Bench Decision of this Court in the case of Indore Development Authority, which has been delivered in the year 2020. This is not the manner in which the public property is to be dealt with by the DDA officials.
The court while listing the matter on February 8, 2022 said, “Let the Vice Chairman of the DDA to remain present through virtual mode so that he can be apprised what is happening in the DDA so that in future the corrective measure are taken.”
Case Title: Delhi Development Authority v. Pritam Kaur & Ors.
Citation: Miscellaneous Application Diary No(S). 21678/2020