Court Seeks Ayodhya Officials' Reply In Plea Against Land Acquisition For Airport

In the plea, several people have alleged that their land is being forcibly taken for the airport at Daramdaspur Shahadat village in Ayodhya

Court Seeks Ayodhya Officials' Reply In Plea Against Land Acquisition For Airport

The court asked Ayodhya officials to appear before it on June 29 through video conferencing. File

Lucknow:

The Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court has sought response from the Ayodhya administration on charges that it is encroaching upon a large chunk of land illegally and forcing owners to sell their property at cheap rate for an airport.

The bench directed the district magistrate, subdivisional magistrate and tehsildar concerned to appear before it on June 29 through video conferencing to explain their position on the allegations levelled in the petition.

In the plea, Panchram Prajapati and others alleged that their land is being forcibly taken for the airport at Daramdaspur Shahadat village without their consent and without following provisions of the Land Acquisition Act, 2013.

They also alleged that no criteria has been fixed to acquire or purchase land for the project.

Considering the plea, the bench of Justices Rajan Roy and Saurabh Lavania asked the DM, SDM and tehsildar to explain the criteria on which the land is being taken from the local residents.