THE COURT of additional district & sessions judge Meena Agrawal on Wednesday dismissed the petition of Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan Social Service & Education Society seeking possession of Gauhar Mahal. Secretary of the Society Sahabjada Abdul Rashid Khan had moved court against the State Government after the Society’s office was evicted from Gauhar Mahal and the State Government declared it a protected heritage building.
He had contended in the court that Gauhar Mahal was purchased by Syed Masroor from Bilkish Jahan Begum on June 1, 1990, who later sold it to his Society and it was duly registered in the name of the Society.
However, Directorate of Assets issued a notice to the Society on August 7, 2004 directing that the building be vacated within three days. When it was not done, office of the Society was evicted from Gauhar Mahal and it was declared a protected heritage building.
It was, then, that the plaint against eviction was filed in the court. On behalf of the State Government, sub divisional officer (SDO) PWD P D Dev stated that some residential pockets of the palace had been encroached upon by some persons and these encroachments were removed through Directorate of Assets.
After hearing both sides on their respective claims on the building, judge Meena Agrawal on Wednesday dismissed the plaint of Sahabjada Abdul Rashid Khan and allowed the State Government to have complete possession of Gauhar Mahal.