PARASHRAM THAKUR DASS Vs. RAM CHAND S O SHRI RADHUMAL
SUPREME COURT OF INDIA (FROM: BOMBAY)
PARASHRAM THAKUR DASS
RAM CHAND S/O SHRI RADHUMAL
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Pathak, J. -
(1.) This appeal by special leave is directed against the judgment of the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court quashing the grant of Nazul land to the appellants on a writ petition filed by the respondents Nos. 1 to 16.
(2.) The respondents Nos. 1 to 16 Applied on March 15, 1963 for the grant of sixteen plots of land included in Government Nazul Plot No. 31/1 (Sheet No. 49-D) in Yeotmal Town for the purpose of constructing shops thereon. They alleged that they had not been allotted any land yet for carrying on business at Yeotmal, and inasmuch as land sites were being released to refugees or displaced persons they claimed that having been compelled to migrate from West Pakistan to India during the partition of 1947 they were entitled to the grant of such plots. The appellants made a similar application on May 16, 1964 and it is their case that they had also applied earlier in the same behalf on Feb. 27, 1962. There were applications from other claimants also. The State Government, acting on the report of the Commissioner, Nagpur Division, rejected all the applications. The appellants say that they sought a review of the order of the Government, and on June 28, 1965 the Government reversed its order and decided to grant plots on permanent lease to the appellants. The Collector, Yeotmal submitted a report to the Government pointing out that each plot would be 192 sq. ft. in area and having regard to its market value each allottee should be required to pay a premium of Rs. 960/-. The State Government granted the plots to the appellants as shop Sites in Bhumidhari right without auction on payment of premium, and the decision was conveyed in a Memorandum dated March 3, 1966. The allotment was assailed by the respondents, and they represented to the State Government that after further inquiry the land should be reserved for deserving claimants.
(3.) The respondents filed a writ petition before the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court challenging the allotment made by the Government in favour of the appellants. They urged that no reasonable opportunity had been given to them to press their claims for grant of plots after the Government had reversed its earlier decision not to grant land, that the appellants had been unduly favoured and that the order was bad in law because the plots had been granted without holding an auction. It was also contended that the power to grant the plots was vested in the Collector and not the State Government.;
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