Rajmahal dispute: High Court comes down heavily on JDA


Jaipur: The Rajasthan High Court on Thursday took a stern view of the Jaipur Development Authority's (JDA) decision to first carry out the demolition drive, close the gates of Sujan Rajmahal Palace hotel and then reopen them in an allegedly arbitrary manner. 

JDA officials, who took the decisions to seal the gates and to reopen them a few days later, have been asked to be present in the court during the next hearing on October 19. The officials have been asked to submit affidavits that the disputed land was in illegal possession of the hotel and the SMS Investment Corporation Pvt Ltd, whose office was demolished in the JDA action on August 24. 

The agency has been further directed to submit minutes of the meetings in which the decisions to close the gates and then reopen them were taken. The court cautioned the civic body against tampering with the records.

The single bench of Justice Mahendra Maheshwari gave the order on a revision petition filed by the JDA seeking a stay on a lower court order asking them to rebuild the demolished structures at its cost within one month. The single bench ordered status quo in the matter till further orders were given and let the gates remain open.

The bench reserved its order on two other applications by Yadunath Dashanan and P N Mendola seeking to become parties in the JDA petition against a decree issued by an additional district judge (ADJ) court in favour of the hotel owners.