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GREF seeks 90 days’ time to pay land compensation to Dimapur woman


DIMAPUR, MARCH 9: Project Sewak (GREF) has sought 90 days’ time for the Union Ministry of Defence to arrange from the Ministry of Finance land compensation due to a woman in Dimapur.
“The learned Counsel for the respondent has referred to the contents of affidavit filed by Colonel Anurag Rawat, presently working as officiating Chief Engineer, Project Sewak, in connected WP(C) 127/2023 and it is submitted that for the payment of awarded compensation amount, funds are required to be arranged by the Ministry of Defence from the Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India. It is submitted that about 90 (ninety) days’ time would be required to arrange the funds.
“In view of the commitment given by the said deponent in his affidavit filed in connected WP(C) 127/2023, the learned Counsel for the petitioner prays for an adjournment”, stated an order issued by Justice Kalyan Rai Surana on March 8.
Accordingly, the Judge listed the next hearing on June 10.
“The respondents have put to notice that this Court has not yet exempted their personal appearance. Therefore, the respondents are directed to file their affidavit on the next date to inform the Court about the status of actions taken for compliance of the order of the Court.
“In the event such status is not brought on record, the respondents shall take notice that the Court may order personal appearance of the respondents for which appropriate orders will be passed on the next date”, the order stated.
The case relates to a contempt petition filed by a resident of Dimapur, against Ajay Kumar, Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Defence; Lt. General Rajeev Chaudhary, Director General of Border Roads Organisation; and Project Sewak (GREF) officials.
As per Court records, the woman 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 by depositing it with the Deputy Commissioner of Dimapur, within 4 months from the date of receipt of a certified copy of the order.
And in the December 2, 2020 order, the Court had rejected an interlocutory application filed by the 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)