Waltair Club, the most sought-after happening place for the top officials, business entrepreneurs, executives of corporate houses, and defense service officers in the heart of Vizag seems to be entangled in a legal battle on the issue of land ownership with the state government. Taking up the suo-moto cognizance of a complaint filed by a third party, the special investigation team, which formed to probe the alleged land scams in Vizag, took the up case and called the officials of Waltair club to prove their authenticity of documents pertaining to ownership of land in Waltair club on clear terms.
Primarily, 15 acres of land on which Waltair club now stands, was leased from one Chetty family leased on a perpetual basis in the year 1900. Nevertheless, the officials of the SIT probing the land scams in Vizag said, though was registered, the authenticated copy is yet to be made available to the SIT and it was not renewed after 1999. According to the version of the Waltair Club officials, the patta for the 15 acres of land was issued in the year 1951 under the Estate Abolition Act and by virtue of which they claim to be the owner of the land. Nonetheless, documents in possession with the SIT officials said the copy supplied by the then-District Collector does not satisfy the registration criteria, stated supra.
Accordingly, we have informed both parties- the original owners (the Chetty family) and as well as the club authorities — to provide the registered copy, if they have,” said SIT Chairman Vijay Kumar. It is learnt that the next hearing is scheduled for January 20 and both the parties have been told to bring all the documents, including the family tree of the Chetty family and authenticated evidence in favour of their claim as legal heirs.
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