The Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court has directed district authorities to remove encroachments from Bezonbagh area in Nagpur within four weeks and hand over the land to the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC).
The land among others has been encroached by Maharashtra Minister of State for Home Nitin Raut, former Congress MLC Ramesh Nikose and Corporator Vinod Walde.
The Divisional Commissioner, Nagpur (Revenue), had earlier informed the High Court about encroachments at the area by the three politicians among others.
A division bench of Justices A P Lavande and P D Kode hearing the Public Interest Litigation filed by a Bezonbagh resident, Atmaram Uikey, and four others on Wednesday directed District Collector Praveen Darade to clear the encroachments with police help, if necessary.
The open space is reserved for garden, dispensary, public utilities and multi-utility buildings for the economically backward class people in Bezonbagh, a Dalit locality.
Petitioners moved a civil application to draw court's attention towards non-compliance of an interim order given on December 19, 2008 by a high court bench. Compliance of its directives was due by January 31, 2009.
The area is about 3,67,978 sq metres and open space comes to 73,595 sq metres. Open space has been reduced to 14,660 sq metres. Next date of hearing is September 30.