Delhi HC moved against circle rates

New Delhi, Aug 19 (IANS) A fresh petition was on Wednesday filed in Delhi High Court challenging a city government notification which hiked circle rates of agricultural land by three times.

Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath would hear on Thursday the public interest litigation, filed by Congress leader Naresh Kumar, which said the rates should be uniform.

The PIL asked the court to declare the August 4 notification issued by the Arvind Kejriwal government as “null and void”.

The petition filed through advocate O.P. Saxena said the city government’s decision was taken without the approval of Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung and sought its quashing.

The “Lt. Governor is the government” and the competent authority to take the final decision on the issue, the plea said, adding that the government decision to bypass the lt. governor was totally “illegal”.

The notification has already been stayed by Jung.

The city government fixed the new rates in the range of Rs.1 crore to Rs.3.5 crore per acre from the earlier Rs.53 lakh per acre.

The Delhi government has also passed a resolution against the lt. governor’s stay on the increase in circle rates.

The plea asked the court to “fix uniform rates for agricultural land throughout Delhi instead of fixing rates for different areas of Delhi so as to protect the right of equality to all the farmers of Delhi”.

The notification was issued in a “discriminatory manner” and was “without any logic or justification”, the plea said.

The bench on Friday had dismissed a similar plea, saying there was no merit in it.

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