167 ‘enemy’ properties in Lucknow may go under the hammer

Survey is on SDMs asked to submit detailed report of such properties falling in their jurisdiction within 24 hours.

lucknow Updated: Jan 16, 2018 13:50 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
Lucknow,Uttar Pradesh,Would Butler Palace

Would Butler Palace go under the hammer? Around 166 other ‘enemy’ properties in Lucknow may meet this fate, if the ministry of home affairs (MHA) plans to go ahead with the auction of such properties in the country.

The district administration has begun a survey of enemy properties after the home ministry initiated the process to identify enemy properties for auction.

“The survey of the enemy properties is on. We have asked all sub- divisional magistrates (SDMs) to submit a detailed report of enemy properties falling in their jurisdiction within 24 hours,” said Kaushal Raj Sharma, district magistrate.

The district magistrate also directed the SDMs to prepare a separate list of tenants (living in enemy properties) and the rent they are paying.

Often considered to be a landmark in Lucknow – Butler Palace was perhaps the first to be surveyed.

The grand palace was established in 1919. It was later transformed into an academic library of Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR) till 2005 when the palace was vacated following the Supreme Court’s order. In its verdict, Supreme Court had said the property should be handed over to its owner — son of erstwhile Raja of Mehmudabad Mohammad Amir Mohammad Khan alias Sulemaan Miyan. But in 2010, the custodian took back the property again after the President promulgated an ordinance, Enemy Property (amendment and validation) Ordinance 2010.

“The survey of Butler Palace has been completed. And now we are moving on to other enemy properties to complete the survey,” said Neha Jain, sub divisional magistrate (SDM), Sadar – the tehsil that houses around 112 enemy properties – more than any other tehsil in the district.

Overall, the city has around 167 enemy properties. Of these, 112 disputed properties fall in Sadar tehsil, nine in Malihabad, 29 in Mohanlalganj and 17 in BKT. Of these, most properties belong to Raja Mehmoodabad. Apart from Butler Palace, Raja’s property includes the Capoors Hotel-Royal Café Building in Hazratganj, a portion of Janpath Market, Halwasiya Market (given on lease) and Mahmudabad Mansion opposite it.

Raja’s real estate empire is also spread over districts like Sitapur, Lakhimpur, Nainital and Barabanki. His lawyer, however, denied any effect of the government’s move on the Raja’s property, saying that the matter was sub-judice.

SEPARATE LIST OF TENANTS

The district magistrate also directed the SDMs to prepare a separate list of tenants (living in enemy properties) and the rent they are paying.

Often considered to be a landmark in Lucknow – the Butler Palace was perhaps the first to be surveyed.

The city has around 167 enemy properties. Of these, 112 disputed properties fall in Sadar tehsil, nine in Malihabad, 29 in Mohanlalganj and 17 in BKT. Most of these properties belong to Raja Mehmoodabad.

Apart from Butler Palace, Raja’s property includes the Capoors Hotel-Royal Café Building in Hazratganj, a portion of Janpath Market, Halwasiya Market (given on lease) and Mahmudabad Mansion opposite it.

First Published: Jan 16, 2018 13:50 IST