SC restores possession of Kanak Bhavan of Jaipur to its owners

The Supreme Court Monday restored the possession of Kanak Bhawan, located on the erstwhile royal family’s Rambagh Complex in Jaipur, to its owners who were evicted by the Jaipur Development Authority (JDA).

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday restored
the possession of Kanak Bhawan, located on the erstwhile royal
family’s Rambagh Complex in Jaipur, to its owners who were
evicted by the Jaipur Development Authority (JDA).

JDA was pulled up by a division Bench comprising Justices
Deepak Verma and K S Radhakrishnan for taking coercive steps
without giving sufficient time to the owners to respond to the
notice issued by it.

JDA had on May 22 taken possession of Kanak Bhavan and
asked the residents to vacate the place in a short time.

The property from former royal Maharaja Bhawani Singh was
purchased in 1986 but the sale agreement was later declared
illegal.

"You (JDA) restore the possession of the property to
owners forthwith," the Bench said and questioned the JDA for
taking the possession of the building immediately after
issuing the notice.

"Under which Act or which law you are allowed to enter
into the premises soon after issuing the notice?" the Bench
told the counsel for JDA Manish Singhvi.

Senior advocate Raju Ramachandran, appearing for the
owners of the Kanak Bhawan, contended that JDA`s action was
contrary to the established procedure.

The Bench noted that a PIL relating to Kanak Mahal was
pending before the Rajasthan High Court for the past seven
years.

PTI

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