The Civil Revision Petition (CRP) filed by the National Highway Authority in the Halga-Machhe Bypass case has been quashed by the High Court. Also, the authority has come under fire for taking up the work in defiance of the court order. Hence, the farmers fighting against the bypass have got a big relief.
The farmers have been protesting from the year 2009 against the bypass and in 2019, NHAI took up the work of the Halga Macche bypass with the use of police force with the help of the district administration.
However, it was in June 2019, the Farmers rushed to the court and the court ordered that until the Zero point is fixed work should not be carried on. But the authorities defied this ruling and took up work and even bull-dozed the standing crop then.
The High Court recently heard the petitions filed by the authority and it said there is no connection between the land acquisition carried out by the authority from 2009 to 2018 and the petition filed by the farmers. The farmers first filed a petition in the High Court and the order was given accordingly. Therefore, the Civil Revision Petition (CRP) filed by the Highways Authority was dismissed.
Adv. Ravikumar Gokakkar, Advocate for Farmers said a contempt case will soon be filed against the highway authority on behalf of the farmers for taking up the work in violation of the court order. Currently, farmers have won 80 percent of the battle due to court orders. The court battle will continue till the farmers get justice.