HC grants one week time to Pataudi family to submit evidence about land rights
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh High Court Jabalpur has granted
one week’s time to the family of the late cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi to
submit evidence regarding the claim that the land acquired for the VIP Road
here belonged to them.
Two petitions challenging the land acquisition were filed
by Pataudi’s wife Sharmila Tagore, son Saif Ali and daughters Saba and Soha Ali
in the High Court in 2012. The division bench headed by Justice Alok Aradhe
yesterday granted one week’s time to the Pataudi family to submit evidence
about the ownership of the land in question.
Earlier, Bhopal Municipal Corporation’s lawyer had
contended that the family had not submitted any evidence. The petitioners
allege that the four-lane road which runs parallel to the Upper Lake has been
constructed illegally by the BMC on their land. Also, the wall built by the
corporation along the road obstructs free movement on the remaining land, they
Earlier, the court has directed the government to pay
compensation to the Pataudi family for the 14 acres of land acquired for the
road. However, the family filed an application stating that it did not want
compensation, and as per the revenue records the Upper Lake was registered in
the name of Pataudi’s mother, Begum Sajida Sultan, and the family uses it for
farming and fisheries.
Pataudi’s lawyer, Rajesh Pancholi, argued that the
government had encroached upon their land.
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