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Delhi High Court Stays Eviction Notice Against Heirs Of Maharaja of Baroda From Safdarjung Lane Bungalow

Shreya Agarwal
14 Jan 2021 3:44 AM GMT
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The Division Judge bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh today stayed execution of eviction notice served on Maharaja Ranjit Singh Gaekwad (now deceased) for property occupied by his family and him on 7, Safdarjung Lane, New Delhi. The stay has been granted subject to payment of Rs. 10 lakhs per month as deposit until the decision by the court on the stay application or the main appeal, whichever is earlier.

Chief Justice Patel emphasized that the amount was not to be treated as rent but as a deposit only, until decision on the case. The court was informed that the property had been occupied by the family since the Maharaja served as an MP, however, they were served an eviction notice in August 2002, upon which a stay was sought and received by them in September 2002 itself.
The Maharaja had occupied the property since then against a payment of Rs. 7,500/- per month as lease rental amount. The counsel on behalf of the Maharaja's family stated that the ease amount was paid upto date. At this, Chief Justice DN Patel remarked, "This is Delhi, not a village in Baroda".
He then said that the stay would be granted as sought by them only subject to deposit of Rs. 10 lakhs per month to the respondent authorities, until decision on the stay application or the Letters Patent Appeal, whichever is earlier.
After seeking instructions on the same, the counsel agreeed to the payment of the amount as deposit. The Court then said that the amount was to be used for public welfare only, and that the High Court doesn't need this money.
On decision of the stay application or main appeal, the amount may be set off against the rent, the court said.

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