How A Farmer Became The Owner Of A Shatabdi Train Is The Weirdest Indian Court Case

The government acquired 45-year-old Ludhiana-based farmer, Sampuran Singh’s land to use it for the Ludhiana-Chandigarh railway line. Obviously, the farmer incurred a loss and the government owes him one. 

Representative Image | iStock Photo via Getty Images
Representative Image | iStock Photo via Getty Images

 

Therefore, the court decided that the government needed to pay Singh ₹1.47 crore as compensation. However, for some reason, the government could pay him only ₹42 lakhs. Thereafter, Singh filed a petition in 2012 only to be heard in 2015, reported Hindustan Times.

The court ordered for his compensation to be released but again, the order didn’t materialise. Hence, he filed another petition seeking the execution of the court’s order. Hence, the court of additional district and sessions judge, Jaspal Verma, delivered a sentence that is beyond our comprehension.

The court attached the Swarna Shatabdi Express train number- 12030- at the Ludhiana station thereby suggesting that the train be handed over to Singh. Plus, they gave him the station master’s office. 

In order to fulfill the formalities, Singh and his lawyer, Rakesh Gandhi, reached the station one hour ahead of the train’s arrival as Singh did not want to “cause a lot of trouble” to the passengers by stopping the train for a more than required time. They subsequently handed the court orders over to the train driver.

Shatabdi Express; Representative Image | Photo By Kulbir Beera/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
Shatabdi Express; Representative Image | Photo By Kulbir Beera/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

But of course, the new owner of the train cannot possibly take it with him. Therefore, Section Engineer, Pradeep Kumar, got the train released and it’s the court’s property currently.

While the case has left us bewildered, we find much sense in divisional railway manager, Anuj Parkash’s rather pertinent question, “What will the petitioner do with the 300-metre train? Can he take it home?”

News Source: Hindustan Times

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