MPHC: Probe missing record of Noor-Us-Sabah land
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh High Court
(MPHC) has directed Bhopal collector to conduct an inquiry into the missing
revenue records related to Noor-Us-Sabah and adjoining areas. The missing
records are about an estimated 17.80 acre land, which after mutation of
property is in name of industrialist Sikander Hafiz Khan. Sources said the land
was transferred through a 'hibanama' (gift deed) by Sajida Sultan, daughter of
Nawab of Bhopal.
High Court Justice RS Jha issued the
order on January 21 on a PIL by Zainuddin Shah, secretary, Safia Education
Society (SES), Bhopal. The PIL urged the HC to direct collector to hold an
inquiry in the matter and circumstances in which revenue record of 1999, which
was in name of Khan, went missing. The inquiry has to be completed in six
“SDM is investigating the matter. We
are yet to ascertain if documents are missing," said district collector
Nishant Warwade. Asked what if records were not recovered, he said,
"Record would be reconstructed.”
With his PIL, complainant produced
certified letters from tehsildar of tehsil Huzoor stating revenue case mentions
mutation of a portion of khasra 52 of Koh-e-Fiza to Khan, but documents are not
available with tehsildar's court or in district record room.
Case of missing records comes in
backdrop of Union home ministry's office of custodian of enemy property for
India (CEPI) asking the state government to prepare a list of properties
belonging to the last Nawab of Bhopal state. On February 24, CEPI sent a notice
to the state government, vesting control of all properties of the Nawab of Bhopal
as his heir apparent Abida Sultaan had migrated to Pakistan in 1950.
Noor-Us-Sabah was built by the Nawab for Abida Sultaan.
Petitioner also requested for
investigation by CBI and CID in the matter involving exchange of property worth
crores over which litigation is pending. The land either belongs to heirs of
Nawab of Bhopal or the government and the facts can only be cleared when all
papers are traced, Shah in his petition said.
Sources in government said khasra 52
has around 72.57 acre. Of this, 27.44 acre is registered in name of Khan and
his private company. Through a hibanama in 1987, Sajida Sultaan gave 17.80 acre
of prime land, including Noor-Us-Sabah to Khan. Records of land which was in
his name after mutation in 1999 are now missing, sources said.
Warwade mentioned both complainant
Zainuddin and Khan have a history of animosity. Earlier in August, Khan's
company sued Zainuddin for making misleading claims over ownership of the
project site. In June 2014, MPHC in a major relief to promoters and developers
of Noor-us-Sabah Residency, dismissed applications filed by SES challenging
construction on land bearing survey No. 52. SES was issued notice by state
government over its functioning in November 2014. When contacted, SES officials
said they have responded to all queries from government and another hearing on
the issue is next week.