LAGUNA FARMS PRIVATE LIMITED Vs. UNION OF INDIA AND ORS.
LAWS(DLH)-2015-12-34
HIGH COURT OF DELHI
Decided on December 01,2015

Laguna Farms Private Limited Appellant
VERSUS
Union of India And Ors. Respondents




JUDGEMENT

Badar Durrez Ahmed, J. - (1.)W.P.(C) 6699/2014 and C.M. No. 15893/2014(stay).
(2.)BY way of this writ petition, the petitioner seeks the benefit of Section 24(2) of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 (hereinafter referred to as 'the 2013 Act') which came into effect on 01.01.2014. The petitioner, consequently seeks a declaration that the acquisition proceeding initiated under the Land Acquisition Act, 1894 (hereinafter referred to as 'the 1894 Act') and in respect of which the Award No. 15/87 -88 dated 05.06.1987 was made, inter alia, in respect of the petitioner's land comprised only with regard to khasra number 1531 measuring 4 bighas 16 biswas in village Chhatarpur, shall be deemed to have lapsed.
This petition also pertains to khasra number 1534 measuring 4 bighas 16 biswas. According to the learned counsel for the respondents, that khasra was not the subject matter of any acquisition proceeding, therefore, land comprising khasra No. 1534 is free from acquisition.

(3.)IT is claimed by the petitioner that the physical possession of the subject land has not been taken by the land acquiring agency. However, the learned counsel for the respondents contends that the possession was taken on 31.12.2013. At best, it can be stated that the question of physical possession is disputed. Insofar as the compensation is concerned, it is the case of the petitioner that the same has not been paid to it whereas it is the case of the respondents that the said compensation was deposited in court pursuant to an order passed by a Vacation Judge of this court in C.M.(Main) 1411/2013 passed on 31.12.2013 By virtue of that order, the said C.M.(Main), amongst others, was disposed of by recording that without prejudice to the rights and contentions of the land holders the cheque tendered in each petition would be treated as tendered to the court of the learned Additional District Judge, Delhi as of that date i.e. 31.12.2013. According to the respondents, this amounts to payment of compensation. However, this issue has already been settled by a decision of this court in Gyanender Singh & Ors. v. Union of India & Ors. WPC 1393/2014 decided on 23.09.2014 wherein this court held that unless and until the compensation was tendered to the persons interested, mere deposit of the compensation in court would not be sufficient. The compensation cannot be regarded as having been paid merely on the deposit of the same in court unless and until it has first been offered to the person interested and he has refused to accept the same. In the present case, it is an admitted position that the compensation amount was tendered in this court in the said C.M. (Main) 1411/2013 without first being offered to the petitioner herein. Therefore the same, following the decision in Gyanender Singh (supra), cannot be regarded as compensation having been paid to the petitioner.
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