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SC issues notice to Centre on plea against re-promulgated Land Acquisition Ordinance

SCThe Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to Centre on a plea by a group of NGOs working for farmers challenging fresh re-promulgation of Land Acquisition Ordinance.

The PIL was filed on Friday last week by Delhi Grameen Samaj, Bharatiya Kisan Union, Grameen Sewa Samiti and another NGO alleging that re-promulgation of the ordinance amounted to executive entering the impermissible domain of enacting legislation.

The NGOs told the court that the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Ordinance was first promulgated in December last year.

As the Parliament Session followed, the NDA government should have introduced a bill on the line of the ordinance to amend the land acquisition Act, 2013, the petition said.

Instead of following the constitutionally dictated procedure, the government decided not to introduce amendment to Land acquisition Act in Parliament when it was in session and immediately after the session repromulgated the ordinance, the PIL said.

This amounted to government violating the constitutional procedures for ordinance promulgation rendering the executive decision unconstitutional.

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