Hyderabad: Claim over 1,350 acres rejected

The petitioners challenged the decision in 2018 after the Shamshabad Tahsildar in June 2014 rejected their claim in respect of the property.

Hyderabad: The Telangana High Court rejected a plea of private persons claimng land measuring 1351 acres of land at Bahadurguda village of Shamshabad Mandal in Ranga Reddy district on the ground of long delay of nearly four years in filing the petition before the court.

Justice P.V. Sanjay Kumar was dealing with the petition of Mr Mir Khader Ali Khan and his family, of Old Kattalamandi in Abids, challenging the proceedings issued by the Shamshabad tahsildar.

In June 2014, the official had rejected the claim of the petitioners over land covered by Survey No. 1 to 101 admeasuring 1,351 acres without considering their written submissions, Mr Khan said in the petition.

The petitioners challenged the decision in 2018, four years after the tahsildar rejected their claim.

As per Section 5 (5) of the Telangana Rights in Land and Pattadar Pass Books Act, 1971, the time limit within which an appeal can be filed is 30 days.

Pointing out that the petition was filed after nearly four years, the court termed the delay on the part of the petitioners in challenging an order as fatal.

Justice Sanjay Kumar observed: “It is clear that the petition is merely speculative and constitutes a belated attempt on the part of the petitioners to challenge the order of 2014 for some extraneous reasons.”

Mr Khan is the son of the late Nawab Gulam Murtuza Khan and his family members approached the revenue authorities requesting a detailed inquiry based on the sethuwar (the revenue record before 1950) and include their names as pattadars and possessors with regard to the 1351-acre parcel of land and issue pattadar passbooks and title deeds in their favour.

The tahsildar rejected the claim and issued proceedings mentioning the same.

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