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Jagjit Singh and Ors. Etc. Etc. Vs. State of Punjab and Anr. Etc. Etc.

[Civil Appeal Nos. 5337-5434 of 2022 arising out of S.L.P. (Civil) Nos. 10810-10907/2019]

M.R. Shah, J.

1. Feeling aggrieved and dissatisfied with the impugned common judgment(s) and order(s) dated 28.01.2010/18.05.2010/07.03.2012 passed in the respective first appeals, dated 12.08.2013 in RFA No. 2948/2007 and dated 2.8.2013 passed in RFA No. 4975/2010, the particulars of which are as under,

Sl.No.

Particulars

RFA No.

Date of Order

Section 4 Notification date

01

Jagjit Singh & Ors. v. State of Punjab & Anr.

1612/2000

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

02

Bhag Singh & Anr. v. State of Punjab & Ors.

1616/2000

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

03

Naranjan Singh (D) through Joginder Singh & Ors. v. State of Punjab & Ors.

1618/2000

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

04

Amarjit Singh v. State of Punjab & Ors.

2319/2000

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

05

Gian Singh v. State of Punjab & Others

2632/2000

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

06

Kuldip Singh v. State of Punjab & Anr.

2669/2000

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

07

Kharaiti Ram v. State of Punjab & Ors.

277/2001

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

08

Mehar Singh v. State of Punjab

280/2001

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

09

Kamaljit Kaur v. State of Punjab & Ors.

317/2001

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

10

Amrik Singh v. State of Punjab

328/2001

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

11

Desa Singh & Ors. v. State of Punjab & Ors.

1307/2001

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

12

Thakur Dass v. State of Punjab & Ors.

1309/2001

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

13

Daljit Singh & Ors. v. State of Punjab & Anr.

1310/2001

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

14

Mohinder Singh v. State of Punjab

1312/2001

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

15

Jagir Singh v. State of Punjab & Anr.

1313/2001

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

16

Dalbag Singh & Ors. v. State of Punjab

1316/2001

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

17

Amarjit Singh v. State of Punjab & Ors.

1377/2001

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

18

Mehar Singh & Anr. v. State of Punjab & Anr.

1379/2001

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

19

Gurnam Singh & Anr. v. State of Punjab & Ors.

1452/2001

28.01.2010

12.11.1992Z

20

Mohinder Singh v. State of Punjab & Ors.

1719/2001

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

21

Gian Singh v. State of Punjab & Ors.

1983/2001

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

22

Surinder Pal Singh & Anr. v. State of Punjab & Ors.

1984/2001

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

23

Dharam Singh v. State of Punjab

2133/2001

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

24

Bachan Singh (D) through Lr. Jaswinder Singh v. State of Punjab & Ors.

2137/2001

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

25

Pargat Singh & Anr. v. State of Punjab & Anr.

2150/2001

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

26

Paramjit Singh & Anr. v. State of Punjab & Ors.

2154/2001

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

27

Sohan Singh & Ors. v. State of Punjab & Ors.

2159/2001

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

28

Lakbir Singh v. State of Punjab

2182/2001

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

29

Purni v. State of Punjab & Ors.

2183/2001

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

30

Hukam Singh & Anr. v. State of Punjab

2221/2001

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

31

Achhra Singh v. State of Punjab & Anr.

2224/2001

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

32

Jarnail Kaur & Anr. V. State of Punjab

2225/2001

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

33

Kaka Singh v. State of Punjab & Ors.

2226/2001

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

34

Rajinder Singh v. State of Punjab & Ors.

2280/2001

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

35

Smt. Palo v. State of Punjab

2315/2001

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

36

Gurjit Singh & Ors. v. State of Punjab & Ors.

2957/2001

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

37

Gurcharan Singh v. State of Punjab & Ors.

2958/2001

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

38

Dayal Singh v. State of Punjab & Anr.

3352/2001

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

39

Sher Singh & Ors. v. State of Punjab & Ors.

3412/2001

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

40

Shamsher Singh & Ors. v. State of Punjab

3555/2001

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

41

Kulwant Singh & Ors. v. State of Punjab & Ors.

4158/2001

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

42

Dayal Singh v. State of Punjab & Ors.

4249/2001

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

43

Harbans Singh v. State of Punjab & Anr.

4311/2001

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

44

Gurmukhi Singh & Ors. v. State of Punjab & Anr.

4628/2001

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

45

Din Dayal Verma v. State of Punjab & Ors.

5784/2001

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

46

Surinder Pal Singh & Anr. v. State of Punjab & Ors.

338/2002

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

47

Norang Singh v. State of Punjab & Ors.

666/2002

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

48

Sadhu Singh & Anr. V. State of Punjab & Ors.

816/2002

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

49

Jit Singh v. State of Punjab & Ors.

2872/2002

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

50

Karnail Singh (D) through Lrs. Kuldip Singh & Ors. v. State of Punjab

3257/2002

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

51

Karnail Singh (D) through Lrs. Surjit Singh & Anr. V. State of Punjab

3259/2002

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

52

Rajinder Singh v. State of Punjab & Ors.

3265/2002

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

53

Mohan Singh & Ors. v. State of Punjab & Anr.

3294/2002

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

54

Mohinder Singh v. State of Punjab & Anr.

1054/2002

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

55

Shamsher Singh & Ors. v. State of Punjab & Anr.

1079/2003

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

56

Mehar Singh v. State of Punjab

1470/2003

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

57

Charan Singh (D) through Lrs. Kuldip Singh & Ors. v. State of Punjab & Anr.

1472/2003

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

58

Gian Singh & Ors. v. State of Punjab & Ors.

1546/2003

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

59

Karnail Singh & Anr. v. State of Punjab & Anr.

327/2001

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

60

Karnail Singh v. State of Punjab & Ors.

4550/2003

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

61

Labh Singh & Ors. v. State of Punjab & Ors.

2932/2005

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

62

Hernai Singh & Anr. V. State of Punjab

3447/2006

18.05.2010

12.11.1992

63

Malkit Singh v. State of Punjab & Ors.

1828/2007

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

64

Jagdish Singh v. State of Punjab & Ors.

1298/2009

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

65

Gurmail Singh v. State of Punjab & Anr.

1302/2009

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

66

Daljit Singh v. State of Punjab & Anr.

5164/2001

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

67

Mehar Singh v. State of Punjab & Anr.

1424/2009

28.01.2010

12.11.1992

68

Gurmail Singh & Ors. v. State of Punjab & Ors.

1434/2001

18.05.2010

12.11.1992

69

Mohinder Singh & Ors. v. State of Punjab & Ors.

4648/2001

18.05.2010

12.11.1992

70

Sohan Singh & Ors. v. State of Punjab & Ors.

3603/2002

18.05.2010

12.11.1992

71

Nachhatar Kaur v. State of Punjab & Anr.

4201/2002

18.05.2010

12.11.1992

72

Sadhu Singh & Anr. V. State of Punjab & Anr.

2426/2003

18.05.2010

12.11.1992

73

Amrik Singh & Anr. V. State of Punjab

2427/2003

18.05.2010

12.11.1992

74

Bant Singh & Ors. v. State of Punjab & Ors.

2666/2003

18.05.2010

12.11.1992

75

Harnai Singh & Anr. V. State of Punjab

2490/2004

18.05.2010

12.11.1992

76

Gurmit Singh v. State of Punjab & Anr.

501/2005

18.05.2010

12.11.1992

77

Kuldip Singh v. State of Punjab

5138/2001

07.03.2012

14.06.1993

78

Sadhu Singh & Anr. V. State of Punjab & Ors.

5139/2001

07.03.2012

14.06.1993

79

Amrik Singh v. State of Punjab

5590/2001

07.03.2012

14.06.1993

80

Sadhu Singh & Anr. V. State of Punjab

5591/2001

07.03.2012

14.06.1993

81

Jit Singh v. State of Punjab

5597/2001

07.03.2012

14.06.1993

82

Shamsher Singh & Ors. v. State of Punjab

5715/2001

07.03.2012

14.06.1993

83

Achhra Singh & Ors. v. State of Punjab & Anr.

5733/2001

07.03.2012

14.06.1993

84

Labh Singh & Ors. v. State of Punjab & Ors.

5787/2001

07.03.2012

14.06.1993

85

Talok Singh v. State of Punjab

205/2002

07.03.2012

14.06.1993

86

Kaka Singh v. State of Punjab & Ors.

207/2002

07.03.2012

14.06.1993

87

Desa Singh & Ors. v. State of Punjab & Ors.

933/2002

07.03.2012

14.06.1993

88

Sarabjit Singh & Ors. v. State of Punjab & Ors.

1370/2002

07.03.2012

14.06.1993

89

Tarlochan Singh & Ors. v. State of Punjab & Ors.

1936/2002

07.03.2012

14.06.1993

90

Kaka Singh & Ors. v. State of Punjab & Ors.

2492/2002

07.03.2012

14.06.1993

91

Mohinder Singh & Ors. v. State of Punjab

2550/2002

07.03.2012

14.06.1993

92

Baljit Singh & Anr. V. State of Punjab & Ors.

4194/2002

07.03.2012

14.06.1993

93

Jawala Singh & Ors. v. State of Punjab & Anr.

2480/2003

07.03.2012

14.06.1993

94

Lakhmir Singh & Ors. v. State of Punjab & Ors.

2787/2003

07.03.2012

14.06.1993

95

Dilbagh Singh & Anr. v. State of Punjab & Ors.

3279/2003

07.03.2012

14.06.1993

96

Sadhu Singh & Anr. V. State of Punjab & Ors.

4258/2003

07.03.2012

14.06.1993

97

Kamljit Singh v. State of Punjab

2948/2007

07.03.2012

14.06.1993

98

Paramjit Kaur & Ors. v. State of Punjab & Ors.

4975/2010

02.08.2013

21.02.2000

determining/awarding the compensation for the acquired lands in question at Rs. 7,80,000/- per acre, the original landowners have preferred the present appeals.

2. At the outset, it is required to be noted that while determining the amount of compensation @ Rs. 7,80,000/- per acre in the respective first appeals except RFA No. 4975/2010, the High Court has relied upon its earlier decision in the case of Kapoor Singh v. The State of Punjab & Another (RFA No. 2348/1998 decided on 28.01.2010). So far as Civil Appeal arising out of impugned judgment and order passed by the High Court dated 2.8.2013 in RFA No. 4975/2010 is concerned, the High Court has determined the compensation at Rs. 19,85,700/- per acre, relying upon its earlier decision in the case of Surjit Singh v. State of Punjab & Another (RFA No. 3004/2006 decided on 2.3.2009).

3. It is not in dispute that the aforesaid decisions of the High Court in the cases of Kapoor Singh (supra) & Surjit Singh (supra) were the subject matter of appeals before this Court and in the case of Kapoor Singh (supra) and other allied first appeals, this Court has enhanced the amount of compensation by a further amount of Rs.1,00,000/- and Rs. 2,00,000/- per acre in the case of Surjit Singh (supra), payable by the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority with interest and solatium as prescribed under the Statute from the date of the orders passed by the High Court (vide common order dated 15.01.2014 passed in Civil Appeal Nos. 738-748/2014 - Kapoor Singh v. State of Punjab & Another Etc. and Civil Appeal No. 363/2013 - Surjit Singh v. State of Punjab & Anr. Etc.).

4. It is not in dispute that the landowners in the present appeals are similarly situated. As observed hereinabove, while determining the compensation by the impugned common judgment and order/s, the High Court has relied upon its earlier decisions in the cases of Kapoor Singh (supra) & Surjit Singh (supra) respectively. Therefore, the present appeals are also required to be disposed of in terms of the decision of this Court in the cases of Kapoor Singh (supra) & Surjit Singh (supra), by enhancing the amount of compensation by a further sum of Rs.1,00,000/- per acre and Rs. 2,00,000/- per acre respectively. However, there is a substantial delay in preferring the first appeals. Therefore, we deem it appropriate to deny the interest on the enhanced amount of compensation from the date of the judgment and order/s passed by the High Court till the present appeals (special leave petitions) are preferred before this Court.

5. In view of the undisputed facts, all these appeals are partly allowed. Accordingly, we enhance the amount of compensation payable to the landowners to Rs. 1,00,000/- per acre in all these appeals where the High Court has relied upon its earlier decision in the case of Kapoor Singh (supra) except Civil appeal arising out of the impugned judgment and order passed by the High Court passed in RFA No. 4975/2010 in which the High Court has relied upon its earlier decision in the case of Surjit Singh (supra).

We enhance the amount of compensation payable to the landowners to Rs. 2,00,000/- per acre in Civil Appeal arising out of the impugned judgment and order passed by the High Court in RFA No. 4975/2010. It is also ordered that the original landowners shall be entitled to solatium as prescribed under the statute on the enhanced amount of compensation from the date of orders passed by the High Court. However, the original landowners - claimants shall not be entitled to interest from the date of the orders passed by the High Court till filing of the appeals before this Court. The enhanced amount of compensation shall be deposited by the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority within three months from today before the Reference Court.

6. All these appeals are accordingly disposed of in the aforesaid terms. However, in the facts and circumstances of the case, there shall be no order as to costs.

.......................................J. [M.R. SHAH]

........................................J.. [B.V. NAGARATHNA]

AUGUST 26, 2022

NEW DELHI;


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