Hyderabad: The Hyderabad High Court on Friday cautioned the state revenue authorities against indulging in forcible or unilateral acquisition of land from farmers.
Acting Chief Justice Dilip B. Bhosale said, “Forcible dispossession is nothing but driving farmers towards suicides. There is no point in paying Rs 6 lakh to the kin of the deceased farmers after their death while resorting to dispossession when they were alive.”
Justice Bhosale along with Justice A.V. Sesha Sai was dismissing an appeal moved by the TS government and the Medak district collector challenging the order of a single judge to re-assign land to certain farmers if they repay Rs 1 lakh each for loans obtained by their forefathers in 1958.
The bench observed that the government cannot take away land on the ground of having power to acquire land for public purpose. If at all the government required land, it has to adopt a policy which can facilitate paying reasonable compensation to the owners to lead a normal life.