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Congress still to submit documents proving ownership of headquarters building in Lucknow

The party is still to submit documents proving its ownership of the building to the Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC). So far, Congress leaders have only expressed resentment against the state government and the LMC for issuing a notice that calls for the party to prove its ownership.

lucknow Updated: Sep 28, 2017 13:31 IST
Anupam Srivastava
Anupam Srivastava
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
Congress,Headquarters building,Lucknow Municipal Corporation
A notice was issued to the Congress headquarters to furnish papers that proved the party’s ownership of the building. (Representative Photo)

The ownership of Congress state headquarters building, at Mall Avenue in Lucknow, will be decided on October 4. The party is still to submit documents proving its ownership of the building to the Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC). So far, Congress leaders have only expressed resentment against the state government and the LMC for issuing a notice that calls for the party to prove its ownership.

The matter unfolded around two months ago when city businessman Manish Agarwal claimed the ownership of the building, saying it was bought by his grandfather at an auction in 1961. Agarwal also submitted the sale deed and tax assessment for years 1970 and 1986, establishing that the property was registered in the name of Ram Swaroop Agarwal and Padmavati Agarwal. He also furnished other supporting legal documents that were verified by the municipal authorities and found to be genuine.

Following that a notice was issued to the Congress headquarters to furnish papers that proved the party’s ownership of the building.

The hearing of the case was scheduled for September 25, but was postponed to October 4 on request of the party office bearers.

Zonal officer (LMC zone 1) Ashok Singh, who is supposed to hear the case, said the Congress party has not been able to give any documentary proof of its ownership despite several reminders.

Meanwhile, senior Congress corporator Girish Mishra alleged harassment by LMC. “The municipal corporation in its own letter and notice had claimed that the property was registered in the name of Mohsina Kidwai, then why this confusion? It’s just to harass Congress party workers,” he said.

However, Singh rubbishes the charge. “No one can even think of harassing anyone from a party that is over a hundred years old. The LMC has given them enough time to furnish the documents to establish their ownership. We are government servants and have to follow the law of the land. Not only that, all papers that the Congress asked for have been provided to them. We have cooperated with them, and the hearing date was postponed on their request,” said the zonal officer (zone 1).

Meanwhile, municipal commissioner Udairaj Singh refused to make any comment on the issue. “I have trust in the officials handling it,” he said.

Legal expert advocate Prashant Kumar said, “If the Congress fails to present the papers, it will be in danger of losing its ownership of its own headquarters. The matter will then be referred to the court where the same process will be adopted.”

First Published: Sep 28, 2017 13:29 IST