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The farmers of villages in Noida Extension have moved the Allahabad High Court seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the acquisition of their lands under emergency provisions by the state government, a farmers’ leader said Saturday.

The writ petition, which was filed on Friday, will come up for hearing on July 19.

“A CBI enquiry into the episode is necessary to find out the truth behind the whole acquisition. We have no faith in a state enquiry, although even that has not been launched so far,” said petitioner Inder Nagar, who is vice president of farmers’ body Gramin Panchayat Morcha, said,The farmers also have sought a CBI investigation into the role played by the Greater Noida authority officials in the acquisition of their lands under emergency clauses (Section 17 of Land Acquisition Act, 1894).

“It is important to know what was the emergency for which the Greater Noida authority acquired our agricultural lands. What was the public purpose in it and how did the authority change the land use, from industrial to residential, overnight and then sold it off to private builders,” Nagar said.

Calling it as the state’s biggest scam, he said: “It is important for us as well as the general public to know what was the real truth behind the whole act. The land purchased from farmers at Rs.7 lakh per bigha (a bigha is 0.4 hectare) was sold off to builders at Rs.1.25 crore per bigha.”

The farmers’ body would hold a panchayat for deciding the future course of action at Chhoti Milak Sunday, he said.


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