Land acquisition issue may go to larger bench


New Delhi: A constitutional court of five judges of the Supreme Court is likely to examine the correctness of the payment of fair compensation in the land acquisition proceedings following a recent decision of three judges that annulled the decision handed down by three other judges.

Dealing with an appeal related to the acquisition of land, a court composed of three judges of the judges Madan B. Lokur, Kurian Joseph and Deepak Gupta, at first sight disagreed with the February 8 judgment of Justices Arun Mishra, AK Goel and M.M. Shantanagouder after the defects were signaled by the chief lawyer Mukul Rohatgi in the award of compensation for the acquisition of land.

Pending the reference, Judge Lokur Bench has asked all the country’s high courts not to issue any final decisions on the petitions related to greater compensation for the acquisition of land according to the 2013 fair compensation law. He noted that some cases are listed for the hearing before a two-judge high court on Thursday and Friday, the three judges asked them to postpone the hearing until March 7.

Judge Joseph said: “We are not going to go into the merits or the correctness of Judge Mishra’s decision, we are only concerned with judicial discipline.” Can a judge of three judges rule on the verdict of three other judges? in the matter of opinion, they can only refer the matter to the CJI for a decision of a larger court. “