Arundhati, Vikram Seth get notice
A local court issued notices to families of well-known authors for 'encroaching' on a tribal's land and has ordered that they be removed by July 7.india Updated: Jun 26, 2006 15:33 IST
The families of two of India's best known authors, Arundhati Roy and Vikram Seth, have been issued notices by a local Madhya Pradesh court for allegedly encroaching on a tribal's land.
Forest officials Nishikant Jadhav and JC Sharma are the other two parties in the case who have allegedly built cottages on land belonging to Vijay Singh Desh in Hoshangabad's Pipariya district, 200 km from Bhopal.
Acting on a complaint, the local tehsildar court in Pipariya Friday issued notices to all four occupants and asked them to remove the encroachments by July 7.
According to the complaint, all four are said to have built their cottages on Desh's land despite his objection.
Later, they also got a road constructed on another portion of the land with the result that the tribal was left with only that bit on which his house was standing.
"First, they constructed their houses on my land and then the road. When we pointed out that the place they were using for constructing their house and road was ours, they didn't pay any attention because we are poor people," said Vijay Singh's wife Sukhdevi.
Having unsuccessfully pleaded to all four several times to vacate his land, Vijay Singh finally complained to Sub Divisional Magistrate Niaz Ahmad Khan in May this year.
On investigating the matter, Niaz Ahmad found the complaint to be correct and forwarded the case to the court of Tehsildar ML Solanki.
Solanki said: "Action will be taken against all the four if they fail to comply with the court orders... The cottages were constructed despite objections by the up naib tehsildar (local official)."