SC slams Centre on land acquistion row, cites growing Maoist cult

A Bench of Justices Aftab Alam and B S Chauhan in a judgement regretted that such "blinkered" vision would seriously erode public confidence in government and pointed to growing Maoist violence in the country to buttress the argument.

"But before going into the facts of the case, two other things need to be stated. This case comes from Orissa which is one of the seven states where a particularly violent group of political extremists has been able to gain sufficient strength to pose a threat to Constitutional governance of the state.

"This group openly defies the democratic system of the country and is committed to overthrowing the Constitution by brutal and murderous means. According to newspaper reports, in the district of Sundergarh, where the acquired lands are situated, the extremist group looted 550 kilograms of explosives in April 2003 and in August 2009 blew up a railway station," the apex court said.

The apex court made the remarks in a judgement directing the Centre to decide the compensation to be paid to the lanowners of Gopalpur village in Sundergarh district whose land was acquired way back in 1987 but till date no compensation has been paid.

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