BENGALURU: Officials from City Civil Court on Tuesday landed at the Deputy Commissioner’s office with a property attachment warrant to take away property belonging to the district administration for going against a decree in a property matter.
Nagaraj M, brother of Venkatswamy M, a property owner from Chikkalasandra in Uttarahalli Hobli had come with a court order to give to the Deputy Commissioner to prove that the property attachment warrant was obtained from the 27th Additional City Civil Judge. With this order, the Deputy Commissioner’s property -- two Innova cars, 45 computers and two printers-- will be taken into possession from his office.
Venkatswamy had petitioned against the government with the help of an advocate as the district administration had carried out demolition on 3 acres in Chikkalasandra at Survey number 86. The brothers, who are owners of the property, claimed that despite showing a decree from the government, the district administration had conducted a demolition drive on their land and in that process, damaged their property.
“The district administration had failed to appear before the court and to bring them before the court of law, the property attachment warrant was obtained on August 24 and today the process was initiated,” said advocate Narendra D V Gowda.
It is said that the petitoners had been living there for a very long time and also had appealed before the deputy commissioner under Inam Abolition Act of 1956 and in 1987 occupancy rights was given to them under the Land Reforms Act. Earlier it belonged to a person by the name of Shardhamma. The land was given to her by Domlur Muniswamy in 1944. Since then the petitioners had been occupying the land as tillers.
The petitioners have been fighting for the land since 1993. And in 2004, the petitioner had filed a declaration suit. In 2012, the court ruling came in their favour. Despite this order, the district administration conducted a demolition drive on November 7 in 2014, saying that it is lake land. In that process, three houses, five shops and one hollow brick factory and the compound wall was damaged. The revenue commissioner also had filed a case against the owners of the property.
“We have valued the damage to Rs 18 lakh and have taken one printer. About 45 computers will be taken later as public documents are there and it may result in inconvenience. The keys of an Innova car belonging to Additional Deputy Commissioner R Venkatachalapathy was not there. We will take police protection on Wednesday and seize the car,” said Nagaraj and added that after filing another application, DC’s car will also be taken.
No notices served
The Additional Deputy Commissoner R Venkatachapalathy said that this matter is being dealt by Bengaluru South tahasildar Dayanand and he should have filed a Regular First Appeal (RFA) to get the stay and then challenged the orders on the decree. Bengaluru South tahasildar Dayanada said, “The district administration was not given an opportunity to present its version in the case and no notices also were served. Now an RFA must be filed for a stay to be obtained.”