Published On : Mon, Feb 15th, 2016

HC orders State Govt, NMC to remove encroachments from RTMNU’s Campus land

Nagpur: The Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court on Monday directed the District Collector and Municipal Commissioner to remove the encroachments from Campus area of RTMNU except stayed or ordered “as it is” status by District and Sessions Court.

A large-scale encroachment has taken place in Campus area of Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj Nagpur University. During the drive to remove the encroachments, Natthu Chhotelal Yadav and nine others moved the High Court and filed a petition seeking a stay on the drive initiated by Tehsildar. During the last hearing, the High Court had issued notice to State Government and had directed to file an affidavit in this regard. According to noting in 1911, in Bhonsale period, Khattu Ahir and Gangaram Ahir were allotted some land for the purpose of cattle foraging. Thereafter, this land went in the possession of Nawabs. However, later the State Government took possession of all these lands and the claims of heirs were subsequently dismissed. Moreover, there is no relationship between Khat and Gangaram Ahir and Natthu Patel and his families. Therefore, construction on these lands is illegal and an encroachment, said the affidavit filed by State Government. RTMNU too had filed an application in the petition as middle party.

A hearing on this petition was held today before the Division Bench of Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Pradeep Deshmukh. After hearing all the parties the High Court directed that no action be taken against the encroachments that have been ordered ‘as it is’ status by the District and Sessions Court. But the High Court ordered removal of the remaining encroachments that have not been ‘protected’ by the District Court.

Senior lawyer M G Bhangde and Adv Prasad Abhyankar represented the petitioners while Government Pleader Adv Bharti Dangre and Assistant Government Pleader Amit Balpande represented the State Government. Adv Sudhir Puranik appeared for NMC.