Union of India & Ors Vs. Shri Risal
Singh  INSC 478 (29 April 1997)
RAMASWAMY, S. SAGHIR AHMAD, G.B. PATTANAIK
O R D
E R Delay condoned.
appeal by special leave arises from the judgment of the Delhi High court, made
on October 30, 1991 in RFA No. 203/91.
under Section 4(1) of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894 (for short, the 'Act') was
published on 27.7.1984 for acquiring the lands for development of the Delhi city. The Land Acquisition officer
awarded compensation at the rate of Rs. 17,000/- and Rs. 14,000/- per Bigha. On
reference, the civil Court enhanced the compensation to Rs. 20,000/- and Rs.
25,000/- per Bigha. On appeal, by a common judgment, the High court had
disposed of as many as 161 appeals. We are informed that against one of the
judgment from that batch, Appeal No. 871/95 was filed and this court has
dismissed the SPL on the ground of delay as well as on merit. When we asked the
learned counsel for the appellant to give the number of cases, though the case
was adjourned from time to time, they have not been able to give any number to
be lagged with this appeal for disposal. In that view of the matter, as many as
161, which we take it for the time being as 159 appeals, against the judgment, appeals
have been allowed to become final; as one appeal has been dismissed by this
court solitarily, we decline to go into and examine the merits in the matter
for reducing the compensation. Under these circumstances, we are constrained to
dismiss this appeal. In case the appellants are able to point out at a latter
date that the appeals have been filed against the rest of 159 appeals, liberty
is given to them to file an application for review in this appeal and it should
be considered accordingly.
appeal is accordingly dismissed with the above directions. No costs.