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Jaipur: JDA asks occupants of Kanak Bhawan, Laxmi Vilas to vacate in 10 days

JDA serves notice, to evict the properties if notice was not complied with.

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May 17, 2017, 10:25 am

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Jaipur: Jaipur development authority (JDA) has served a notice on the occupants of Kanak Bhawan, Hotel Laxmi Vilash and the horse stable in the city’s Central Park, nearly two weeks after the Supreme Court ordered the civic body to take possession of these properties.

In the notice, JDA has termed the occupants as encroachers and asked them to vacate the properties within the next 10 days. JDA warned that encroachers would be evicted forcefully if the notice was not complied with.

Read Also: Supreme Court directs JDA to take possession of Laxmi Vilas, Kanak Bhawan in Jaipur

JDA deputy commissioner Vishnu Goyal said that the notice was served after consulting with senior government lawyers.

“We have given a notice asking the encroachers to vacate the properties in the next 10 days,” said Goyal.

Earlier this month, the apex court rejected Special Leave Petitions (SLPs) filed by the former royal family of Jaipur and others currently occupying the property.

The ruling is being considered a big victory for JDA because the SC has put a stay on any orders from lower courts until JDA executes the possession process, JDA lawyer Ajay Choudhary said.

The JDA acquired Laxmi Vilas Hotel, Kanak Bhawan and other surrounding land spread over an area of 322 bigha, that is now part of the Central Park in 1973-74.

JDA took possession unoccupied land in 1993, while the possession of the two properties – Laxmi Vilas and Kanak Bhawan stayed with the occupants.

Then Jaipur development commissioner (JDC) served a notice to vacate Kanak Bhawan and Laxmi Vilas in 1995, starting the legal dispute between the two parties.

A public interest litigation was filed with Rajasthan high court. The court in 2010 ruled in favour of  JDA.

The occupents then approached the Supreme against the Rajasthan high court ruling and filed a special leave petition (SLP).

The bench of justice Arun Mishra and Justice Amitabh Roy rejected all three SLPs.

It directed the JDA to vacate the property in the next two months.

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First published: May 17, 2017