Wednesday, January 11, 2017

After 76 long years, family gets its property back - Times of India

Three members of a family have been given back over three acres of land in Byrasandra that they had acquired from the family patriarch back in 1941. Legal dispute over acquisition of the land went on all these years. The family members claimed that they were never paid compensation for the land originally notified by the then Government of Mysore to build a central prison. The prison was never built and though the authorities claim that the award/compensation had been paid, they were unable to produce documents "as they were unavailable".
The High Court of Karnataka judgment came in favour of Venkatamma, Chandrasekhar and Rathna, the wife and children of Venkatesh. Three acres, 32 guntas of land belonging to Venkatesh's father Appaiah was part of 131 acres of land the government had acquired in 1941. Both Appaiah and Venkatesh are dead now.
They contended before the HC that 131 acres of land was acquired in 1941 for constructing a central jail. The jail was not built and different portions of the land were allotted to different departments of the government. So far as their lands were concerned, "neither award was passed, nor compensation paid". The government had transferred 25 acres of land to the Fire Service Department in 1967, but their land was not part of what was now in the department's possession.
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