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Court says Project Sewak’s effort to pay land compensation ‘not sufficient’

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DIMAPUR, MAY 9: The Kohima Bench of Gauhati High Court on Monday said that steps taken by the Chief Engineer of Project Sewak (GREF), RK Shah, to ensure payment of land compensation worth more than Rs 7 crore to a woman in Dimapur was “not sufficient”.
As ordered by the Court on April 26, Shah appeared before the Court in person on Monday and informed that he had written to the Headquarters at New Delhi on May 5 last asking the authorities “to promulgate the direction for compliance of the Court’s order at the earliest”.
However, after perusing the May 5 letter, Justice Nelson Sailo remarked that “no specific details about the award made by the Collector have been reflected. As such, the said communication by itself appears to be not sufficient”.
In response, Shah submitted that he would write another letter on Monday itself, seeking the sanction of the authorities concerned for the compensation.
“Having regard to such submission, let the matter be posted again on May 17, 2022. The respondent No. 3 (Shah) shall, on or before May 13, 2022, file an affidavit incorporating the steps taken by him along with the relevant documents. The personal appearance of the respondent No. 3 is dispensed with for the time being”, the order read.
The case relates to a contempt petition filed by Anie Paira, a resident of Midland in Dimapur, against Ajay Kumar, Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Defence; Lt. General Rajeev Chaudhary, Director General of Border Roads Organisation; and RK Shah.
As per Court records, Anie, the wife of late Kumar Paira, had filed the contempt petition alleging wilful and deliberate violation by the respondents of the High Court orders passed on November 7, 2019 and December 2, 2020.
In the November 7, 2019 order, the Court had directed the respondents to pay the petitioner a land compensation (amounting to Rs 7,69,45,120) by depositing it with the Deputy Commissioner of Dimapur, within 4 months from the date of receipt of a certified copy of this order by the appellant No. 3 (RK Shah).
And in the December 2, 2020 order, the Court had rejected an interlocutory application filed by the three respondents seeking 4 months’ extension of time for obtaining decision of competent authority on the order passed by the Court on November 7, 2019.
“It is preposterous that the Ministry of Defence has the competence to take a decision on the judgment passed by this Court. Accordingly, the grounds on which this prayer for extension of time is passed is hereby rejected as the Court cannot permit the Ministry of Defence to take a decision on the judgment and order passed by this Court, who may either implement it or assail it”, it had ruled then.
(Page News Service)

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