Court attaches Janshatabdi Express to 2 Farmers as Rlys acquired land but failed to pay compensation

Shimla (SML): Two farmers from Himachal Pradesh’s Una district may become proud owners of Delhi-Una Janshatabdi Express on April 16 if a court order is executed.

The court of Una’s additional district and sessions judge Mukesh Bansal on April 9 ordered to attach the DelhiUna Janshatabdi if the railways failed to pay compensation to two farmers whose land was acquired for laying the Una-Amb track in 1998.

The court said if the railways failed to pay around Rs 35 lakh to Mela Ram and Madan Lal by April 15, the train would be stopped at Una at 5am on April 16 and attached by the court. Ram is entitled to Rs 8.91 lakh and Lal to Rs 26.53 lakh. Ram and Lal had moved the court against the delay in payment of compensation even after the Himachal Pradesh HC had directed the railways in 2013 to pay the money within six weeks.

Advocate Arun Kumar Saini, who represented the farmers, said the railways had acquired the land in 1998, following which the two filed a case for higher compensation. In 2009, the railways too moved the court but in 2011 the district court increased the compensation.

The court order had given three months to the railways for filing an appeal against the verdict. However, the railways moved the HC only in 2013 and the HC stayed the order on the condition that the increased compensation should be deposited in the court within six weeks. “But the railways haven’t deposited the amount until now,” Saini said.

As the HC had also made it clear that after the lapse of six weeks, parties would be at liberty to execute the order, the aggrieved farmers moved the lower court. After hearing the plea on April 9, judge Bansal ordered to attach the Janshatabadi train. “We had submitted a list of four trains, of which two are passenger trains – Himachal Express and Janshatabdi, and the court directed to attach the Janshatabdi,” Saini said.

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