High Court’s Decision on Road Construction Dispute in Jharkhand

In a significant legal ruling, the Supreme Court of India has issued a decision regarding the road construction dispute in Jharkhand. The case involved a plea by Gopal Prasad Mandal related to the construction of a road on a specific land. The High Court directed the State of Jharkhand to comply with the order dated 9.5.2007, leading to a series of events and confrontations. Stay tuned for more insights into this case and its implications. #LegalCase #SupremeCourt #Jharkhand


  • The High Court of Jharkhand directed the State of Jharkhand to comply with the order dated 9.5.2007.
  • The Court found substance in the plea of Gopal Prasad Mandal regarding the construction of a road on the land in question.
  • Despite constructing a road elsewhere, the State of Jharkhand was specifically obligated to construct a road on the mentioned land.
  • The State of Jharkhand was given a deadline of one month to inform the Court about the steps taken for the construction of the road as per the 2007 order.

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  • Counsel for the respondents raised an objection regarding the lack of indication of specific land for road construction in the order.
  • Respondents argued that without clarity on the location, compliance with the order would be difficult.
  • The objection raised questions about the practicality and feasibility of the order to construct a road without a specified location.
  • The lack of specificity could lead to ambiguity and potential misunderstandings in carrying out the order.
  • Further discussions and clarifications may be necessary to address this issue raised by the respondents’ counsel.

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  • High Court order directing construction of road completed within 5-6 months.
  • Alternative approach road of 700 feet constructed due to marginal change in length.
  • Contempt proceedings initiated for not constructing on acquired land.
  • Authority conducted enquiry due to resistance from villagers against land acquisition.
  • No construction done on the original 13 decimal land acquired for road construction.
  • High Court stayed contempt proceedings until further orders.
  • Proposal sent to Revenue Department to withdraw emergent acquisition proceedings.
  • Impugned order by High Court found to have no good ground.
  • Identification of land for road construction needs to be explained to authorities.
  • Existing rural path converted into motorable road due to settlement among villagers.
  • Land owners refused payment for conversion of rural path.
  • Order dated 09.05.2007 in the PIL should not be strictly interpreted as a direction for road construction at one specific location.
  • Road construction was for the benefit of the villagers, and authorities took steps to address their grievances and found an amicable solution through discussion.
  • The court’s directions were complied with, resolving the controversy without escalation.
  • In case of doubt, authorities should have sought clarification and appropriate directions from the court. Failure to do so does not justify contempt proceedings.

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  • The court has not commented on the land acquisition proceedings for the 13 decimals of land
  • The present appeal has been allowed
  • The order dated 27.08.2008 and the contempt proceeding in Contempt Case (Civil) No 43 of 2008 have been set aside and quashed
  • No costs are awarded in this case


Case Number: C.A. No.-003990-003990 / 2009

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