Supreme Court issues notice to Centre on re-promulgation of Ordinance on Land Acquisition
New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India on Monday admitted a PIL by a number of farmers’ bodies challenging the re-promulgation of the Ordinance on Land Acquisition by the President earlier this month and issued notice to Government of India in this matter.
The Narendra Modi led Central Government on April 3 repromulgated the ordinance on Land Acquisition with nine official amendments that were earlier approved by the Lok Sabha. The Land Acquisition Ordinance was to expire on April 5.
The Bill to amend the Land Acquistion Act of 2013 was passed by Lok Sabha during the budget session but it could not get the Rajya Sabha clearance as the ruling NDA lacks majority in the UIpepr House
The petition challenging the re-promulgation of the Ordinance on Land Acquisition says that proroguing the Rajya Sabha to repromulgate the Ordinance is “blatant abuse” of the President’s power under Article 123 of the Constitution.
The Centre can extricate itself on this vexed issue by ensuring the Bill to amend the Land Acquisition Act gets passed in Rajya Sabha when it reconvenes later this month
Article 123 in The Constitution Of India