Corporation of Delhi Vs. Lichho Devi & Ors  INSC
695 (1 September 1997)
ANAND, K. VENKATASWAMI
1ST DAY OF SEPTEMBER, 1997 Present:
Dr.Justice A.S.Anand Hon'ble Dr.Justice K.Venkataswami Ms.Madhu Tewatia, Adv.
for Ranbir Yadav, Adv. for the appellant Keshav Dayal, Sr.Adv., R.K.Sainai, Rishi
Kesh, Advs. with him for the Respondents.
O R D
E R The following Order of the Court was delivered:
O R D
E R Leave granted.
High Court, after hearing arguments in Civil Writ Petition filed by the
respondents held that since the Award had not been made within the period
stipulated by the statute (Section 11A), the notification concerning
acquisition of Khasra Nos. 127 and 173 had to be declared to be of no effect
and after making that order, released the two Khasra numbers from the
acquisition notifications vide order dated 22.8.1996. This appeal calls that
order in question.
attention of the High Court had been drown to the stay order dated 25.4.1985,
whereby during the pendency of the Writ Petition, the dispossession of the
petitioners had been stayed by the High Court to urge that the period during
which the stay order was in operation had to be excluded for computing the
prescribed period under Section 11A of the Act. According to the High Court ,
however the order dated 25.4.1985 concerned only the stay of dispossession of
the writ petitioners and it could not, in any way be interpreted to imply stay
of acquisition proceedings. The approach of the High Court is erroneous.
question is no longer res-integra. In Government of Tamil Nadu & Anr. vs. Vasantha
Bai ( 1995 (Supp.) 2 SCC 423 ), a Bench of this Court has held that the stay
order of the type that was granted in the instant case, tantamounts to stay of
further proceedings being taken and therefore the entire period during which
the stay order was in operation was to be excluded while computing the period
of two years prescribed for making an Award under Section 11A the Act.
view taken by the High Court, is, therefore, not sustainable.
however, find that the High Court has not dealt with the merits of the writ
petition and quashed the notification on an erroneous interpretation of the
stay order. We, therefore, while accepting this appeal and setting aside the
order of the High Court, remand the Writ Petition to the High Court for its
fresh disposal in accordance with law on the other points raised in the writ
petition. It shall be open to the parties to raise all such pleas, as are
available to them, including the subsequent events during the arguments in the
High Court. We request the High Court. We request the High Court to dispose of
the writ petition expeditiously and not to construe any observation made by us
in this order as an expression of opinion on the merits of the case. No costs.