• The Supreme Court has said that the government cannot compulsorily acquire private properties by casually invoking the urgency clause unless there was a genuine need which cannot brook any delay. 

  • A bench of justices G S Singhvi and S J Mukhopadhaya said if the State failed to give a fair hearing to the land owners and invoke the urgency clause without proper justification it would be deprivation of the citizen's fundamental right guaranteed under the Constitution.

  • The apex court passed the judgement while quashing the Delhi government's acquisition of private lands of some persons at Mandoli village for establishing an electric sub-station by Delhi Transco Limited.