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Fait accompli: An accomplished act.

In Kamala Kunwar v. Lakshya Goala, [AIR 1967 Cal 105], the Calcutta High Court held: “Notice under Section 12(2) unlike a notice under Section 9 of the Land Acquisition Act is not a notice intended to invite objections to an act which has not been done, and completed yet. A notice under Section 12(2) is only a notice ex post facto and a notice of fait accompli, namely it is a notice of an award already made….It is only an informative notice. The purpose of such information is to enable such persons to call for reference under Section 18 of the Land Acquisition Act within the time allowed by the proviso to Section 18(2). It is not a kind of notice which goes to the root of the matter in the sense that failure to give notice that an award has already been made will vitiate the award itself.”

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