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September 11, 2008

Asaram Ashram asked to vacate land in Surat

The 34,000 sqare metre land was encroached by authorities of Asaram Ashram Trust in 1995Ahmedabad: Gujarat High Court on Friday rejected the appeal of Asaram Bapu Trust in Surat against the single judge bench order, and directed it to vacate the land in Jahangirpura area of the city and return it to its original owners.

A division bench of Justices R M Doshit and S D Dave rejected the appeal of the Trust against the order of single- judge bench of Justice M R Shah passed in 2006.

The land in Jahagirpura belonged to some farmers. It was acquired under the provisions of Land Acquisition Act by the state government for public use.

The 34,000 sq mt land was encroached by authorities of Asaram Ashram Trust in 1995. The state government later passed an order regularising the encroachment in January 1997.

Angered over this, Anil Vyas, one of the farmers whose land was acquired by the state government and later transfered it to the Trust, approached the Gujarat High Court and challenged the government’s decision.

Adv Nimish Kapadia, appearing on behalf of Vyas had contended that this land was acquired by state government for public use and not to be given to any organisation for private use. He said no consent was taken from Vyas or other farmers before transferring the land to the Trust.

The court after hearing the arguments from Vyas’s and government’s side had decided in favour of Vyas and has ordered Ashram Trust to vacate the land.

© Copyright 2008 PTI. All rights reserved.

http://news.in.msn.com/national/article.aspx?cp-documentid=1656865

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