Supreme Court: A subsequent buyer has no right to contest land acquisition processes.

The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation, and Resettlement Act 2013 (2013 Act), which prohibits unfair compensation and lack of transparency in land acquisition, rehabilitation, and resettlement, was upheld by the Supreme Court on Monday [Delhi Development Authority v. Manpreet Singh and Others].

The statement was delivered by Justices MR Shah and CT Ravikumar in response to appeals brought against a Delhi High Court ruling that had upheld the claim of a few subsequent purchases.

The Supreme Court’s rulings in the cases of Shiv Kumar and Others v. Union of India (2019), Delhi Development Authority v. Godfrey Phillips (I) Limited and Others (2022), and Delhi Administration v. Pawan Kumar (2022) that a subsequent purchaser has no right to contest the acquisition proceedings or the acquisition’s expiration under the 2013 Act were cited by the Court as concluding that this issue had been resolved.

This news is written by Ms. Amrita Singh, Research Assistant, All India Legal Forum.

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