Around 155 farmers had challenged the acquisition of their land.
Though the land was acquired in 1999, the compensation was awarded to only 15 farmers, and that too in 2007-08.
The petitioners had argued the actual possession of the land was never taken away from them by the state government and that they continued to carry agriculture activities on the land.
Partly allowing their petition, a division bench set aside the land acquisition since the compensation had not been given to 140 farmers so far.
For those 15 farmers who received the compensation in 2007-08, the court ruled they would have to pay back the amount with 9 per cent interest to the state government within three months following which their land’s acquisition would stand set aside.