7. Power to acquire requisitioned property.-
(1) Where any property is subject to requisition, the Central Government may, if it is of opinion that it is necessary to acquire the property for a public purpose, at any time acquire such property by publishing in the Official Gazette a notice to the effect that the Central Government has decided to acquire the property in pursuance of this section: Provided that before issuing such notice, the Central Government shall call upon the owner of, or any other person who, in the opinion of the Central Government, may be interested in, such property to show cause why the property should not be acquired; and after considering the cause, if any, shown by any person interested in the property and after giving the parties an opportunity of being heard, the Central Government may pass such orders as it deems fit.
3[(1A) Notwithstanding any judgment or order by a court or any other authority, setting aside a notice under sub-section (1) on the ground that the owner or any other person who may be interested in the property was not given adequate opportunity to show cause or personal hearing, the Central Government may re-issue the notice to the owner or such other person interested in the property, for the purpose of giving opportunity of being heard: Provided that where a notice is re-issued, the owner or such other person interested in the property shall be entitled to the same annual rate of interest, prevalent at any relevant time on the domestic fixed deposit offered by the State Bank of India, as defined under clause (g) of section 2 of the State Bank of India Act, 1955 (23 of 1955), on the compensation payable under this Act, from the date of publication of the first notice, till the final payment of the compensation under this Act:
Provided further that any enhanced compensation with or without interest awarded by the court or other authority, before the date of commencement of the Requisitioning and Acquisition of Immovable Property (Amendment) Act, 2018, shall be subject to the re-issuance of a notice under this sub-section and shall be applicable only to the cases of land being acquired for national security and defence purpose: Provided also that in the cases, where the final award under this Act has been made any compensation thereof has been accepted by the owner or such other person interested in the property, before the commencement of the Requisitioning and Acquisition of the immovable Property (Amendment) Act, 2018, shall not be reopened.]
(2) When a notice as aforesaid is published in the Official Gazette, the requisitioned property shall, on and from the beginning of the day on which the notice is so published, vest absolutely in the Central Government free from all encumbrances and the period of requisition of such property shall end.
(3) No property shall be acquired under this section except in the following circumstances, namely:-
(a) Where any works have, during the period of requisition, been constructed on, in or over, the property wholly or partially at the expense of the Central Government and the Government decides that the value of, or the right to use, such works should be secured or preserved for the purposes of Government; or
(b) where the cost of restoring the property to its condition at the time of its requisition would, in the determination of the Central Government, be excessive and the owner declines to accept release from requisition of the property without payment of compensation for so restoring the property.
(4) Any decision or determination of the Central Government under sub-section (3) shall be final and shall not be called in question in any Court.
(5) For the purposes of clause (a) of sub-section (3) "works" includes buildings, structures and improvements of every description.
1. Subs. by Act 20 of 1985, s. 2, for "fifteen years" (w.e.f. 8-3-1985).
2. Ins. by Act 1 of 1970, s. 3 (w.e.f. 11-3-1970).
3. Ins. by Act 21 of 2018, s. 2 (w.e.f. 14-3-1952).