Litigation over Eminent Domain Compensation

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In the recent past, use of Eminent Domain to acquire land for developmental purposes has become highly controversial. Several parts of India have experienced violent protests against the compulsory acquisition of land. Apart from the direct protests against compulsory acquisition of land, in many cases the acquisition affected people have been approaching judiciary to dispute the amount of compensation provided by the government. Indeed, the litigation over compensation seems to be rampant. Nonetheless, the writings on the use of eminent domain in India have largely focused on the desirability or otherwise of compulsory acquisition per-se. These writings have completely ignored an equally important issue related to the use of eminent domain, namely the litigation over compensation. This project aims to address this issue.