HYDERABAD: Even as the state government is busy auctioning its land in Kokapet and other areas, the high court has ordered a status quo in respect of a two-acre land that was part of plots auctioned by the Telangana State Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (TSIIC) at Khanamet in Rangareddy district.
Justice A Abhishek Reddy said: “Do not finalise the auction bids in respect of this area.” He was hearing a petition filed by Sangamala Chakravarthy and three others, who questioned the industries department and the TSIIC for including the two-acre plot which was used as a cemetery. They contended that it had several memorials and samadhis of their ancestors.
The judge said the auction conducted in respect of this land would be subject to the result of the writ petition. “Pending further orders, status quo should be maintained. Status of the land should also not be changed,” he said.
The judge further directed the officials to implead the GHMC and the revenue department as respondents in the case, saying they would be able to clarify the status of the land.
The officials had classified this area in survey no. 41/14 as plot number 17 for the purpose of auction. Petitioners’ counsel J Prabhakar said the land was already under use for a public purpose. “The state government is preventing people from nearby places from entering the area because it wants to auction the plot through HMDA,” he said.
Prabhakar said: “Once an area is earmarked as a crematorium, it continues to be so and cannot be changed.” The state counsel for industries department sought time to inform the court about the status of the land.
Dealing with a related petition by Manne Jyothi and 208 labourers from Khanamet, Justice P Naveen Rao directed the state government to inform the court about its stand on the pattas granted to them in 2007-08 for the purpose of house sites.
“At least can you accommodate them in your double bedroom housing scheme,” the judge told the government and posted the case for September 9.


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