The division bench of Justices Ashutosh Kumar and Nawneet Kumar Pandey, while hearing the PIL filed by one Subhash Kumar, directed the state government to furnish a report regarding efforts made by the state for getting nullified or vacated the stay orders passed by the civil courts on the basis of which the alleged encroachers have retained their respective possessions over the said land.
Petitioner’s counsel Sumeet Kr Singh stated that the land measuring 5 acres and 17 katthas on survey plot number 613 in Duzra revenue area was acquired in 1962 for construction of a public pond opposite Bans Ghat crematorium and it was to be named after the country’s first President, Dr Rajendra Prasad.
Even state government had released more than Rs16 lakhs in 1987 for development of pond but all expenditure went in vain due to encroachments made by public on the entire land.
The original land holders even fought cases up to the Supreme Court, which finally decided that no authority except for the erstwhile Patna Regional Development Authority (now merged into Patna Municipal Corporation) would have valid title and interest on the acquired land.
The HC through its previous orders had directed the state government to take immediate action for evicting the illegal occupants.