JDA takes possession of Kanak Bhawan, Hotel Laxmi Vilas
JDA team removes encroachments under heavy security arrangements.
Last Updated: May 26, 2017, 5:18 pm
Jaipur: In compliance with the Supreme Court order, Jaipur development authority (JDA) on Friday took possession of Kanak Bhawan, Hotel Laxmi Vilash and the horse stable in the city’s Central Park. A JDA team posted a notice on the properties and then removed some encroachments. Heavy police force was deployed to ensure law and order situation. JDA had recently served a notice terming the occupants as encroachers and asked them to vacate the properties within the next 10 days. JDA had warned that encroachers would be removed forcefully if the notice was not complied with. The JDA team arrived at Kanak Bhawan and Hotel Laxmi Vilas with adequate security arrangements. A statement from the JDA said that in compliance with the SC order, “the possession of Kanak Bhawan including the building premises has been taken”. 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. 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. Note: Want to share this story with someone? Just click on the WhatsApp or Facebook icon below:
First published: May 26, 2017