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Judge gives Swarna Shatabdi Express to farmer as compensation

A case filed by a farmer, a 45-year old man named Sampuran Singh from Ludhiana, was about getting compensation for the land acquired by Northern Railways. However, instead of ordering the railways to give compensation to Singh, the additional district and sessions judge Jaspal Verma ordered the attachment of the Swarna Shatabdi Express (train number 12030). Technically, this implied that the train belonged to the farmer Sampuran Singh. The court also attached the office of the station master.

After the court order, the farmer, accompanied by his lawyer, went to the station and showed the court orders to the driver. Railways section engineer discussed the matter with the court official who was also present and got the train released with the condition that it was now the property of the court. A senior railway official said that such orders are being evaluated by the law ministry for their validity since it really makes little sense as to what a farmer will do with a train.

The farmer was to get a total sum of Rs 1.47 crore as compensation for the land acquired, but the railways only gave him Rs 42 lakh.

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