It?s Raja?s property, move out
THE DISTRICT administration has served an ultimatum to the 22 tenants occupying the 41-year-old enemy property of the Raja of Mehmudabad to vacate the premises within a week.india Updated: Jun 27, 2006 01:34 IST
Notice to Ganj shopkeepers creates flutter
THE DISTRICT administration has served an ultimatum to the 22 tenants occupying the 41-year-old enemy property of the Raja of Mehmudabad to vacate the premises within a week.
Signed by Sub Divisional Magistrate (Sadar) Manoj Rai, managing officer of the enemy property, the notices to prominent Hazratganj shopkeepers and owners of commercial establishments have created a flutter in the business community here. On October 21 last, the Supreme Court had directed the Custodian of Enemy Property in Mumbai to hand over possession of the Raja of Mehmudabad’s properties back to him.
Subsequently, the possession of Butler Palace and the pond in its vicinity was given back to the heir apparent to the Raja of Mehmudabad Mohd Amir Mohd Khan, by the administration authorities. The administration had promptly returned these properties as they were under government occupation. However, the authorities had sought clear-cut instructions from the Custodian on properties occupied by private individuals. The occupants had been living in these building as tenants for over four decades now.
On June 16, the Custodian of Enemy Property Dinesh Singh wrote back that to the extent possible all enemy properties allotted after September 10, 1965 should be got vacated and handed over to the heir apparent to the Raja of the Mehmudabad.
“In case there are any legal proceedings or a court case pending against any particular property, we have been told to apprise that particular court about the apex court’s order in the matter,” said Manoj Rai. Among the shops/premises in the Mehmudabad Mansion in Hazratganj that have been served notices in this connection are the Fairdeal Agencies, Sharma Associates, Remington Typewriter shop, Kalpatru Hall, Secretary, International Vidyapeeth, the two showrooms of Ganga Corporation, UP Asbestos, Savitri Devi and Rukmani Devi.
Likewise, those in the Lawrie Building, also a part of the Mehmudabad Estate, include Mahatech Handloom, Modern Book Stall, Bansal and Sons, Ghanshyam Opticals, Prakash Makhija, Pantaloon Shop, KC Sweets, Lucknow Chikan Palace, Anu Advertising and Messrs Keshav House. A. Sons in Hazratganj and MA Durga too have been asked to vacate the premises within a week. “Failure to obey will invite forcible ejection as well as contempt of court proceedings,” said Rai.
Under the circumstances any relief in the matter could only be provided by the Raja himself, said sources adding that some of these high-profile tenants were already on the job.