Tue, 03 Oct 2023

New Delhi [India], June 28 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a plea filed against an order of the Telangana High Court in a matter relating to encroachment inside the premises of a government mental hospital and granted two months to the petitioners to vacate the encroached land.

A vacation bench of Justices Surya Kant and JB Pardiwala observed, "Inside the mental hospital, you people have constructed houses. Spare some place at least."Dismissing the plea, it observed that the lives of inmates of the hospital cannot be made miserable.

The apex court was hearing a petition challenging the June 14 order of the High Court that had dismissed a plea seeking to quash the order passed in April by the Tahsildar and executive magistrate, Ameerpet Tahsil, for vacating the particular land.

The top court granted two months to the petitioners to vacate the encroached land subject to their giving an undertaking within a week before the High Court that they shall hand over peaceful possession of the property within two months.

The apex court also observed that the petitioners do not have the title, lease deed, or any legal document to show valid possession of the land in question.

The counsel appearing for the petitioners urged the court to grant some time to vacate the land as around 45 families were living there for the last several years.

The petitioners had constructed small houses inside the boundary of the hospital and they were encroachers, the State government had told the High Court.

The High Court in its order had also noted the State's contention that the inmates of the hospital were forced to be locked inside the ward and they cannot move freely in the vicinity of the hospital. (ANI)

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