10. Acquisition of vacant land in excess of ceiling limit.
As soon as may be after the service of the statement under section 9 on the person concerned, the competent authority shall cause a notification giving the particulars of the vacant land held by such person in excess of the ceiling limit and stating that-
such vacant land is to be acquired by the concerned State Government; and
the claims of all persons interested in such vacant land may be made by them personally or by their agents giving particulars of the nature of their interests in such land, to be published for the information of the general public in the Official Gazette of the State concerned and in such other manner as may be prescribed.
After considering the claims of the persons interested in the vacant land, made to the competent authority in pursuance of the
notification published under sub- section (1), the competent authority shall determine the nature and extent of such claims and pass such orders as it deems fit.
At any time after the publication of the notification under sub- section (1), the competent authority may, by notification published in the Official Gazette of the State concerned, declare that the excess vacant land referred to in the notification published under sub- section (1) shall, with effect from such date as may be specified in the declaration, be deemed to have been acquired by the State Government and upon the publication of such declaration, such land shall be deemed to have vested absolutely in the State Government free from all encumbrances with effect from the date so specified.
During the period commencing on the date of publication of the notification under sub- section (1) and ending with the date specified in the declaration made under sub- section (3)--
no person shall transfer by way of sale, mortgage, gift, lease or otherwise any excess vacant land (including any part thereof) specified in the notification aforesaid and any such transfer made in contravention of this provision shall be deemed to be null and void; and
no person shall alter or cause to be altered the use of such excess vacant land.
Where any vacant land is vested in the State Government under sub- section (3), the competent authority may, by notice in writing, order any person who may be in possession of it to surrender or deliver possession thereof to the State Government or to any person duly authorised by the State Government in this behalf within thirty days of the service of the notice.
If any person refuses or fails to comply with an order made under sub- section (5), the competent authority may take possession of the vacant land or cause it to be given to the concerned State Govern- ment or to any person duly authorised by such State Government in this behalf and may for that purpose use such force as may be necessary. Explanation.- In this section, in sub- section (1) of section 11 and in sections 14 and 23," State Government", in relation to-
any vacant land owned by the Central Government, means the Central Government;
any vacant land owned by any State Government and situated in a Union territory or within the local limits of a cantonment declared as such under section 3 of the Cantonments Act, 1924 , (2 of 1924 .) means that State Government.