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HP court tells NHAI to pay 50% of deposited amount with interest, ET Infra


SHIMLA: Hearing a matter related to payment of compensation for the acquisition of land at a village in Mandi district, the Himachal Pradesh high court, in an order on Monday, said it will be expedient and in the interest of justice that 50% deposited amount along with proportionate interest accrued thereon be released in favour of applicants in equal share by remitting the same to their respective bank accounts.

The order has been issued to the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for land it acquired at Mohal Kanaid village in Sundernagar tehsil. Justice Styen Vaidya said a report of the registry revealed that Rs 1.08 crore had been deposited on behalf of the appellant. The counsel for the appellant submitted that steps for depositing the balance amount, based on revised calculations given by the competent authority for land acquisition (CALA), had already been taken and the revised amount will be deposited in the registry of the court in three weeks.

The respondents/applicants had made a prayer for the release of the deposited amount by submitting that they were in urgent need of finances as their houses would be demolished after acquisition and they had been made to shift. It was submitted that they urgently required the money for construction of new houses. Counsel for the applicants had also made a prayer that non-applicants be directed to deposit the balance amount urgently.

The court, in its order, said keeping in view that the senior counsel for the appellants had already submitted the revised amount, it should be deposited within three weeks. The court said it will be expedient and in the interest of justice that 50% of the amount deposited along with proportionate interest accrued thereon till date be released in favour of the applicants for the time being.

  • Published On Sep 13, 2023 at 12:38 PM IST

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