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Supreme Court orders status quo with respect to land alloted to DLF in 2010

PTI 30 Nov 2014, 10:38:16 AM IST

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday ordered that status quo be maintained with respect to the 350 acres of land at Wazirabad in Gurgaon that Haryana government had decided to allot to DLF in 2010.

A bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu issued notices to the parties on whose petition the Punjab and Haryana High Court had set aside the state government's decision to allot the land to DLF. The apex court passed the order on DLF's plea challenging the High Court's decision. The high court in its September 3, 2014, order had also directed Haryana government to conduct an auction of the land in question by inviting international bids within a month.

The High Court's decision had come on a bunch of petitions filed by farmers challenging the acquisition and transfer of the land to DLF, citing that it was a village common land. The High Court had upheld the acquisition of the land by state-owned authorities but had set aside the land transfer to DLF. DLF had proposed to come up with golf villas at the site. The court had in 2012 restrained DLF developers from carrying out any construction and also from creating any third party rights.

In August, 2009, DLF had bagged a 350-acre plot for Rs 1,750 crore for developing a recreation and leisure project. The letter of acceptance was issued to DLF which was found the successful bidder by Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (HSIIDC). DLF had emerged as the sole bidder for the 350-acre project after the bids of other parties -- Unitech and Malaysia-based consortium comprising Country Heights, Country Club of South Africa and Rajarhat IT Park -- could not qualify on technical grounds. The qualified bidder, DLF, had quoted its bid at Rs 12,000 per sq mt against the reserve price of Rs 11,978 per sq mt for the project.