HC stays lease of horticulture dept. property to private club


The High Court of Karnataka has stayed the decision of Srinivaspur taluk panchayat Executive Officer (EO) to lease out the horticulture department office premises to a private club.

The office-bearers of Kolar District Mango Growers’ and Traders’ Association had filed a writ petition in the court questioning the validity and authority of the decision of the EO. B.N. Chandra Reddy and R. Chinnappa Reddy, president and secretary of

the association respectively, argued that the farming community would be put to inconvenience if the horticulture office, located near the town, was shifted elsewhere.

“The EO of taluk panchayat has no locus standi in leasing out the premises to the Srinivasapura Sports and Cultural Association since the horticulture office premises was a government property”, the applicants argued.

The premises was spread over a two-acre land housing the office of the senior director of Horticulture Department, and a nursery.

The interim order, passed by Justice Vineet Saran and Justice R. Manohar, had directed that the respondents shall not change the nature of the property nor shall they raise any construction on it. However, the sports association has already raised the compound wall.

Executing a lease deed, the property has been leased to the Sports and Cultural Association for a period of 29 years on an annual rent of Rs. 5,000, Mr. Chinnappa Reddy told The Hindu on Wednesday. He charged the then executive officer B. Shivashankaraiah with misusing power in connection with handing over the government property to the private club on March 23, 2015. Some influential political leaders

lent support to this ‘unethical and anti-farmer’ deed, he said.

“It is interesting…..”

The judges, in their stay order, said “It is interesting to note that respondent no. 4 (taluk panchayat EO), even before having the papers relating to the said property over which it claims its right, has leased out the same in favour of respondent no. 8 (Srinivasapura Sports and Cultural Association), and is now, after more than six months, praying for further time to search the papers relevant to the property, to establish rights over the same”.

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