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Jaipur development authority demolishes properties once owned by Gayatri Devi

In a major three- hour demolition drive, Jaipur Development Authority on Wednesday dismantled the boundary wall of 5300 sq yards of the marriage garden at Lakshmi Vilas hotel and gave ultimatum to the occupants of Kanak Bhavan to vacate the building, which would be also taken over by the JDA.

jaipur Updated: May 20, 2010 11:50 IST
BK Jha and Lalit Sharma

In a major three- hour demolition drive, Jaipur Development Authority on Wednesday dismantled the boundary wall of 5300 sq yards of the marriage garden at Lakshmi Vilas hotel and gave ultimatum to the occupants of Kanak Bhavan to vacate the building, which would be also taken over by the JDA. Some activists of BJP and members of family residing in Kanak Bhavan resisted the JDA's move to acquire the property but in vain.

The high court had ruled on May 10 that 233 bighas property which was in the possession of Gayatri devi belonged to JDA hence it should be acquired without delay. JDA sent the bulldozers to demolish the encroachment and asked one family of about six members to vacate the premises. The JDA authorities will have to give the compliance report to the high court tomorrow.

Earlier in the day, Rajasthan high court asked Jaipur development authority (JDA) why it had not complied with the order of the high court regarding removal of encroachment in Ram Bagh premises.

A division bench comprising chief justice Jagdish Bhalla and justice MN Bhandari asked the JDA Counsel RN Mathur why notice for removal of encroachment issued to encroachers of acquired land of Rambagh premises, hearing a PIL filed by Sanjay Tyagi. Court has also directed Mathur to come prepared with all relevant records on Thursday at 7.30 am.

The judges asked why the JDA had given notices to encroachers after the high court order. But the JDA counsel could not give a satisfactory reply.

Counsel for Kanak Bhawan, Paras Kuhad and Mahendra Singh moved an application that JDA has issued notice to them for removing the encroachment and Counsel for Hotel Laxmi Vilas Bajrang Lal Sharma moved application for modification of the order passed on May 10, 2010.

Mahendra Singh argued that JDA officials had come to the spot and removed portions of Kanak Bhawan, which was not encroacher.

The court asked why JDA officials did not remove the encroachment and why they returned? The counsel replied that JDA officers and employees and enforcement officer reached on the spot to check stock and measurement. The JDA counsel tried to justify the issuance of notice whereas the court was of the view that there was no need to issue notice.

Counsel for the petitioner Poonam Chand Bhandari cited a judgment delivered by High court on September 8, 1993 in which Kanak Bhawan had challenged the acquisition proceeding, which was dismissed holding therein that Bhawani Singh, the owner of the property, had lost the battle.

The court, after going through the judgment, asked Mahendra Singh about the acquisition of building. Singh supplied the judgment to the court but he could not satisfy the court. Counsel for Laxmi Vilas Bajrang Lal argued on his application. The court asked that what modification he wanted as it was not mentioned in the application. Lal could not tell the court what Khasra number the building was situated on. He contended that JDA will show the khasra number but later said the building was situated on Khasra no.72.

The court stated that that entire Khasra number 72 was acquired. It said if the counsel was not satisfied with the order, he could challenge it in the Supreme Court.