Jaipur: The Rajasthan High Court today
ruled a prominent hotel and a residential unit are trespassers
of a government land which was acquired for developing a
central park here.
It held the encroachment continued for decades due to
political patronage provided by the then state Chief Minister
Bhairon Singh Shekhawat.
Acting on a PIL filed by Sanjay Tyagi, the Court ruled
Laxmivilas Hotel and Kanak Bhawan, the residential unit, were
trespassers of a government land in Rambagh complex, a prime
Justice Bhandari delivered the verdict on behalf of a
Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Jagdish Bhalla and
Justice Munishwar Nath.
The Bench held the entire land vested with the state
government from the date of notification for acquisition of
land in 1973.
The Court brushed aside the contention of owners of
Kanak Bhawan and Laxmivilas Hotel that Shekhawat had written a
note to exempt these structures from acquisition.
The Court directed concerned authorities to remove all
strucures encroaching the government land.