The management of the Angadi Institute of Technology & Management, headed by Suresh C. Angadi, MP, heaved a sigh of relief as the Second Additional Civil judge, JMFC, Prakash Nayak, on Friday dismissed the Army’s request for a temporary injunction against the institute taking up any construction on private land falling under the Bagdad Asmara Field Firing Range, a notified area in Belgaum.
The court also vacated the order of status quo granted by it. Subsequent to the court order, AITM director H.N. Nagaraja issued a release here on Monday stating that since the State government had denotified the area on November 23, 2012, the court found that the Army could not claim provisions of the Manoeuvres, Field Firing and Artillery Act, 1938 and the Works of Defence Act, 1903.
The Army, represented by the Colonel, Administration, of the Junior Leaders Wing, Belgaum, claimed that permission for the construction of any sort of permanent structures adjacent to their land at Savgaon was prohibited under these two Acts.
But, the court found it improper on the part of the Army to have suppressed certain material facts and failed to make out any prima facie case that the AITM stood on land that needed clearance from the Army. “This should settle all speculation and doubt about the illegal status of AITM.”
Interestingly, Mr. Angadi himself admitted at a press conference on December 1, 2012 that AITM management had not obtained the “no objection” from the Army to establish the institute on the area allegedly falling under the now denotified area.