PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION MAHARAJAS COLLEGE Vs. STATE OF KERALA
HIGH COURT OF KERALA
PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION, MAHARAJA'S COLLEGE
STATE OF KERALA
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(1.)This O.P. is filed by three associations for quashing Ext. P3 order dated 27-10-1993 modifying condition No. 6 in Ext. P1 order dated 12-10-1973. The ancillary reliefs prayed for are : (1) directing respondents to forbear from giving effect to Ext. P3 order; and (2) to issue a writ of mandamus to the fourth respondent to forbear from constructing any multi storied building on the land allotted to the Kerala History Association, the fourth respondent by Ext. P1 order and in the area encroached by the fourth respondent from out of the College campus.
(2.)Considering the lengthy Original Petition, the counter affidavits and the reply affidavit, I feel it would be sufficient if the cardinal facts are stated for appreciation of the controversy involved in this case. The Kerala History Association was started long ago by eminent History teachers and historians. It was originally given some facilities for conducting its activities in the buildings of the Maharaja's College. Subsequently, as the activities of the Kerala history Association expanded, the fourth respondent - association became a registered association in 1965. As its activities expanded, the fourth respondent approached the Government for allotting a site so that it can construct a building for the purpose of the association, its functions and its library. The request of the association was recommended by the head of the department of History and the Principal of the Maharaja's College, Ernakulam. The District Collector also recommended it and then by G. O. 817/73/RD dated 12-10-1973 five cents of land comprised in Sy. No. 719 of Ernakulam Village was transferred from the Education Department to the Revenue Department and it was assigned to the Kerala history Association, free of cost, for construction of a building. The order imposes certain, conditions. Ext. P1 is the order. First a tiled building was constructed on the site assigned and subsequently, the fourth respondent tried to construct a pucca building. It made various efforts to raise funds. Then it approached the Government, through the District Collector, first seeking permission to mortgage the site to a nationalised bank so that money can be raised for construction of the building. That permission was granted. But no nationalised bank came forward to help the fourth respondent with fund. Then another effort was made and the fourth respondent requested the Government to modify the order dated 12-10- 1973. On that request being considered as genuine and as one supported by the recommendation of the District Collector, Ext. P3 order dated 27-10-1993 was issued modifying condition No. 6 of Ext. P1 order. The trouble started after Ext. P3 order was issued. On 16-12-1993 the Indian Express, Cochin Edition, published a news item to the effect that the fourth respondent - association has entered into an agreement with a leading hotelier in the city for the construction of a hotel complex in the land owned by the Kerala History Association. Several other newspapers also gave publicity to this news item. Immediately, the Principal of the Maharaja's College sent Ext. P5 letter to the Director of Collegiate Education and requested the Director to move the Government to direct the Kerala history Association to return the land to the College as the College is having acute shortage of land for further development. The College Development Committee also met on 24-1-1994 and requested the Government to take urgent steps to stop the construction of the hotel complex inside the College Campus. It was alleged that the construction of the hotel complex in the College premises would disturb the campus life and the academic atmosphere. By reason of the protest of the students and other organisations, the fourth respondent stopped the construction of the hotel complex till the College was closed for the summer vacation. During the summer vacation the construction activities commenced and there was wide publicity in the newspapers on 6-5-1994 about the construction activity and the general public expressed its resentment. It is alleged that Ext. P3 order was issued by the government under political pressure to permit the fourth respondent, the Kerala History Association, to construct a hotel complex in the Maharaja's College Campus. It is alleged that the fourth respondent - association has now become a fertile profitable venture without investment of any capital and outlay. It was alleged that the fourth respondent while occupying five cents of land assigned to it has virtually occupied eight cents of land and thus trespassed into three cents of land over and above the five cents assigned to it. It is claimed that the multi storied complex is now sought to be built in the 8 cents of land, that is now under the occupation of the fourth respondent. Hence the writ Petition was filed on 9-5-1994.
(3.)On 10-5-1994 the Court admitted the Writ Petition and in C.M.P. No. 11228 of 1994 the Court "passed an interim order to the following effect :
"There will be an interim stay of operation of Ext. P1 order for a period of two weeks. The fourth respondent is also restrained from constructing buildings in the space allotted to them as per Ext. P1 Government order for a period of two weeks. Post the CMP on 24-5-1994".
Subsequently, by various orders, the interim" stay was being extended. When C.M.P. No. 31235 of 1994 came up for hearing, this Court passed an order directing posting of the O.P. for final hearing on 30-1-1995 at the top of the list, and dismissed the Petition which was actually filed for directing the fifth respondent, the Corporation of Cochin, to purchase the original plan, etc., submitted and approved for construction of the building.
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