D.B. BASNETT Vs. COLLECTOR EAST DISTRICT
SUPREME COURT OF INDIA
Collector East District
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SANJAY KISHAN KAUL,J. -
(1.)The Agriculture Department of the Government of Sikkim (respondent No.2) sought to acquire, in the year 1980, land measuring
8.36 acres, located in Dundung Block, Sang in East Sikkim for the purpose of building the Progeny Orchard Regional Centre. The land was
recorded in two names 1.29 acres in the name of the Maharaja of
Sikkim and 7.07 acres in the name of Man Bahadur Basnett, father of the
original appellant. The latter land is subject matter of dispute in the
(2.)The land in question is partially fenced, with a farm, some barracks and office. Late Man Bahadur Basnett passed away in the year 1991
whereupon the property fell to the share of the appellant in the present
proceedings (now represented by his two sons). It may be noticed that
Man Bahadur Basnett was survived by seven (7) children, but there is no
dispute inter se the siblings in respect of the claim of D.B. Basnett over
(3.)It is the case of the late appellant that when he visited the suit property in March, 2002, he found that the respondents had wrongly
encroached and trespassed on the same, using it as an agricultural farm.
He claims to have lived away from Gangtok earlier and thus, served a
notice on 5.4.2002 under Section 80 of the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908
notifying them against the alleged trespass and seeking possession.
There was no response to the same and, thus, the suit was filed before the
Court of District Judge (E&N), Gangtok, Sikkim, being the Title Suit
No.6/2004 (renumbered) on 9.12.2002.
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