Maitreya project: Stay on govtmove to acquire land in Kushinagar
Hearing a petition filed by Krishana Yadav and others, a division bench of Justices Sushil Harkauli and Naheed Ara Moonis, on Wednesday said: “Let notice be issued to the respondent No. 4 (Maitreya Project International) for which steps will be taken within a week. Till further orders dispossession of the petitioners from the land in question will remain stayed.” The court has also directed the state government to file a counter-affidavit within a month. The petitioners, most of whom are marginal farmers from Kushinagar, have been opposing the move to acquire their lands for the project, which is being brought up by a private trust.
“Our main demand in the petition is that the notifications issued by the state government with respect to acquisition for the project shall be quashed. Our argument is that the land is not being acquired for any public purpose. Also, if the project is indeed to be set up, then it has to be dealt on the lines of acquisition that happens for the companies, because a private entity is involved. The farmers are not willing to part with their land in
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