NON-REPORTABLE IN THE SUPREME COURT OF INDIA CIVIL APPELLATE JURISDICTION CIVIL APPEAL No.10745 OF2016(Arising out of SLP(Civil)No.33053 Of 2016) @ SLP(Civil)...CC No.17944/2016 DELHI DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY ... APPELLANT(S) VS. RAMESH SINGH AND ORS. ... RESPONDENT(S) WITH CIVIL APPEAL NO.10746 OF2016(Arising out of SLP(Civil)No.27923 of 2016) CIVIL APPEAL NO.10747 OF2016(Arising out of SLP(Civil)No.28245 of 2016)
1. Delay condoned.
2. Leave granted.
3. The issue, in principle, is covered against the appellant by judgments in Civil Appeal No.8477 of 2016 arising out of Special Leave Petition(Civil)No.8467 of 2015 and Civil Appeal No.5811 of 2015 arising out of Special Leave Petition(Civil) No.21545 of 2015.
4. These appeals are, accordingly, dismissed.
5. In the peculiar facts and circumstances of these cases, the appellant is given a period of one year to exercise its liberty granted under Section 24(2) of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 for initiation of the acquisition proceedings afresh.
6. We make it clear that in case no fresh acquisition proceedings are initiated within the said period of one year from today by issuing a Notification under Section 11 of the Act, the appellant, if in possession, shall return the physical possession of the land to the original land owner. Pending applications, if any, stand disposed of. No costs. .......................J.
[R.K. AGRAWAL]. .......................J.
[ROHINTON FALI NARIMAN]. New Delhi; November 8, 2016.