Stay on Eviction Notice against heirs of Maharaja: Delhi High Court

Chief Justice DN Patel presiding over the Division Judge Bench of the Delhi High Court, ruling on the eviction order of Maharaja Ranjit Singh Gaekwad’s heirs for property occupied by them on 7, Safdarjung Lane, New Delhi, ordered a stay on the execution of eviction notice upon the payment of Rs. 10 lakhs per month until the decision of the court.

Maharaja Ranjit Singh Gaekwad has occupied the 7, Safdarjung Lane, New Delhi since he served as an MP against the payment for Rs. 7,500 per month. An eviction notice was first served to his heirs on 2002 upon the claim that the rent of Rs. 7,500 was being paid till date. However, Justice Patel said that the amount is inadequate for the property in a location like Delhi and the family would need to pay Rs. 10 lakhs per month, until the final decision of the court. The amount was further emphasised to be treated not as rent but a mere deposit till the court reaches its decision on the issue.

The Bench further clarified that the amount was to be used only for public welfare and not to the court. The counsel appearing for the Maharaja’s family has agreed to the payment of the amount of deposit for the stay application until the final judgement is delivered.

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