HYDERABAD: The Telangana high court on Wednesday directed the state and its revenue administration not to allow any constructions in nine plots inside the Osmania University (OU) sold by a housing society.
A bench of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice N Tukaramji, while hearing a PIL filed by OU research scholar Poladi Ramana Rao, directed the petitioner to make Tulasi cooperative society a respondent to the case. Poladi had questioned the inaction of the authorities during the lockdown period in protecting the OU land.
Following the HC intervention, the OU authorities made a police complaint and the probe by the Amberpet police also came to a conclusion that the land belonging to OU was encroached upon.
The bench went through the counter affidavit filed by the OU and also the police department and observed that the Tulasi society acted in an unlawful manner in selling away nine plots over which it has no right or title.
A prima facie case of fraud was made out, it said. The court sought a detailed report from the police and revenue authorities and posted the case on Jan 20.
The Tulasi society which bought 4800 square yards of land in 1976 fought a legal battle with OU and secured title over this land. A report furnished by a surveyor tilted the court’s opinion in favour of the society. Later the society divided it into 14 plots of equal size, sold 13, and marked one for the park. According to Advocate General BS Prasad, the Tulasi society is now using the surveyor’s report in the old case to justify its taking over of adjacent 3300 square yards of land which belongs to the Osmania University.
The petitioner said that the society has sold more than 8000 square yards of land though it does not possess that much land in the first place.