ALTHOUGH THE administration’s deadline to the 57 tenants of the erstwhile Raja of Mahmudabad ends on Tuesday, not a single occupant has submitted any documentary proof to establish his pre-1965 tenancy to avoid eviction.
On September 13, the authorities served fresh notices on 57 occupants in the six properties of the erstwhile Raja of Mahmudabad asking them to furnish documentary evidence in case they claimed to be pre-1965 tenants.
The Supreme Court stayed the eviction proceedings against all those occupants who were living as tenants in these properties much before they were declared as enemy property and taken over by a Custodian appointed by the Centre.
Going by the records available with the administration, 22 out of the 57 tenants fall in the post-1965 category. This includes 13 shopkeepers of Janpath Market in Lawrie Building Hazratganj and nine in Mahmudabad Mansion opposite the Halwasiya Market. But majority of these Janpath shopkeepers are likely to lose only a portion of their shop that encroaches on the land which forms part of the Mahmudabad Estate. Soon after the apex court’s order, those who were on the eviction list stated that they would move the SC to plead their case. But, according to the officials, till Monday no fresh appeal was filed before the SC by any of the affected parties.
Given the sensitive nature of the case, the authorities have decided to play it safe and shifted the onus of producing documentary proof to establish their pre-65 tenancy on the occupants rather than relying on its own records. “We will wait till Tuesday. If nobody turns up, a final decision on the future course of action will be taken on September 20,” said an administration official.