AMBALAL BABULAL PATEL vs THE GROUP GENERAL MANAGER, ONGC

AMBALAL BABULAL PATEL vs THE GROUP GENERAL MANAGER,  ONGC

NON­REPORTABLE
  IN THE SUPREME COURT OF INDIA
CIVIL APPELLATE JURISDICTION
      CIVIL APPEAL NO(S).  385­386    OF 2022
(Arising out of SLP(Civil) No(s).7086­7087 of 2017)
AMBALAL BABULAL PATEL ETC. ETC.       ….APPELLANT(S)
VERSUS
THE GROUP GENERAL MANAGER, 
ONGC & ANR.      ….RESPONDENT(S)
WITH
  CIVIL APPEAL NO(S).  387­392     OF 2022
         (Arising out of SLP(Civil) No(s).7092­7097 of 2017)
  CIVIL APPEAL NO(S).   393­395     OF 2022
            (Arising out of SLP(Civil) No(s).7099­7101 of 2017)
   CIVIL APPEAL NO(S).  396­398     OF 2022
       (Arising out of SLP(Civil) No(s).7089­7091 of 2017)
    CIVIL APPEAL NO(S).    399­400       OF 2022
       (Arising out of SLP(Civil) No(s).5961­5962 of 2017)
O R D E R
1.      Leave granted.
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2. The appellants are the claimants and being dissatisfied with
the amount of compensation awarded by the Division Bench of
the High Court under the impugned judgment, have approached
this Court by filing these instant appeals. 
3. The   subject   lands   in   question   are   situated   at   Villages
Pansar, Dhamasana and Isand which came to be acquired under
the   provisions   of   the   Land   Acquisition   Act,   1894   (hereinafter
being referred to as the “Act”) for the public purpose for ONGC.
The notification under Section 4 of the Act came to be published
and after going through the procedure prescribed under law, the
Special Land Acquisition Officer awarded compensation under
Section 11 of the Act. 
4. Upon reference being made by the appellants­claimants in
respect   of   the   lands   acquired   at   Villages
Pansar/Dhamasana/Isand,   the   Reference   Court   awarded
additional   compensation,   over   and   above   the   compensation
awarded   by   the   Special   Land   Acquisition   Officer,   ONGC,
Ahmedabad, under its respective orders along with interest and
other statutory benefits under Section 23(1)(A) of the Act.
 5. The   orders   passed   by   the   Reference   Court   came   to   be
challenged by respondent no.1 (ONGC) before the High Court and
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after hearing the parties, the High Court under its respective
impugned   judgments,   while   upholding   the   statutory   benefits
including   interest,   modified   the   rate   of   compensation   and
reduced the additional compensation for the land acquired at
Villages   Pansar/Dhamasana/Isand,   Taluka   Kalol,   District
Gandhinagar, which is the subject matter of challenge at the
instance   of   the   appellants­claimants   in   the   present   batch   of
appeals.
6. After we have heard learned counsel for the parties, in our
considered view, the Reference Court in exercise of its power
under   Section   18   of   the   Act,   after   appreciating   the   material
available   on   record,   awarded   additional   compensation   to   the
claimants   over   and   above   the   compensation   awarded   by   the
Special   Land   Acquisition   Officer,   ONGC,   Ahmedabad   and   the
interference   made   by   the   High   Court   under   the   impugned
judgment so far as the additional compensation assessed by the
Reference   Court   is   concerned,   is   neither   supported   by   the
material on record nor sustainable in law.
7. Consequently,   additional   compensation   awarded   by   the
Reference Court in the respective orders stands restored.   The
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impugned judgment of the High Court, to the limited extent is
accordingly modified.
8. The appeals in the above terms stand disposed of.
9. Pending application(s), if any, shall also stand disposed of.
…………………………..J.
(AJAY RASTOGI)
                                                           …………………………..J.
(ABHAY S. OKA)
NEW DELHI
JANUARY 19, 2022
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