The Punjab and Haryana high court has directed the Punjab as well as the central governments to make all-out efforts to remove all the illegal encroachments from Nabha's Quila Mubarak and submit the status report within two months.
The directions came from the division bench headed by chief justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul on Friday.
The court was informed that Quila Mubarak was constructed over an area of 95 kanal and 10 marla and it was recorded as abadi deh in the column of ownership by the revenue authorities in the jamabandi of 1995-96. Out of the total area, 16 kanal area was in illegal possession of Sher Mohammad (now deceased). Besides, there were some residential houses of police officials within the boundary of this Quila. There was also an art and craft institute, one Sanskrit Vidyala and a post office in the area.
However, it was informed by the state that now all the encroachments had been removed except the post office and the land occupied by Sher Mohammad. On this, the high court issued a notice to the Centre to inform as to when the post office would be shifted from the existing place.
With regard to the land occupied by Sher Mohammad, the Patiala municipal corporation was directed to engage an advocate to file an application in the high court for the early hearing of the case already pending in the high court.
It was also directed that the status report about the proceedings before the district and sessions judge, Patiala, in the land encroachment case be intimated to the high court on March 14, the next date of hearing.