Gurgaon Land Case: 7 Petitioners Withdraw Petitions

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Gurgaon Land Case: 7 Petitioners Withdraw Petitions
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A day after renowned painter Anjolie Ela Menon withdrew her petition, the remaining seven petitioners today took back their petitions and decided to appear before Haryana Government constituted high-powered panel to reconsider the claims of those who have challenged acquisition of over 850 acres of land in Gurgaon.

The case of the landowners who had not accepted the state government's offer so far came up for hearing in the Punjab and Haryana High Court here today.

The counsel for the remaining seven petitioners told the Division Bench of Justices Jasbir Singh and Augustine George Masih that their clients had decided to appear before the Committee and withdraw their petitions.

After Menon's decision yesterday, remaining seven petitioners out of a total of around 70, were left contesting their case before the court.

Other claimants have agreed to put their grievances before a high-powered committee headed by principal secretary, town and country planning, to examine the land acquisition.

The petitioners can again approach the Court if they are not satisfied after presenting their case before the Committee.

On August 3, Menon in a statement, had distanced herself from the ongoing controversy regarding a land deal for an eye hospital to be set-up by Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust in Ulhawas, saying her concerns were limited to environmental issues in Aravalli area.

Among the landowners still contesting their case include Arvind Katewa of Gurgaon who has so far refused to accept the state government's offer.

Katewa and some others had raised the issue of alleged arbitrary release of land to Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust.

The Haryana government had maintained before the Court that it had committed no wrong by providing the land for development in residential Sectors 58 to 63 in Gurgaon.

The defence had also denied allegations of discrimination levelled by the landowners in Ulhawas village in Gurgaon.

The state government had rejected allegations that it had adopted a pick-and-choose policy in acquiring land in Gurgaon and favoured the Trust.
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