Apex court issues notices on Jaipur’s Jal Mahal lease

May 25th, 2012 - 3:40 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, May 25 (IANS) The Supreme Court Friday issued notices to the Rajasthan government and others after the Jal Mahal Resorts Private Ltd. challenged the cancellation of its 99-year lease to run the Mansagar Lake and Jal Mahal monument in Jaipur.

The Rajasthan High Court by its May 17 order held as illegal the 99-year lease granted to the company for running the Mansagar Lake and Jal Mahal monument in Jaipur following a public interest litigation filed by K.P. Sharma, professor of botany in Rajasthan University.

The apex court bench of Justice Deepak Verma and Justice S.J. Mukhopadhaya, issuing notices to the Rajasthan government, Sharma and others, allowed the Jal Mahal Resorts Private Ltd. the renovation and restoration activities in the Jal Mahal tourist complex, but said the firm would not undertake any fresh construction in the area.

The court said that the undertaking given by the company to the high court that it would not undertake any fresh construction in the complex would continue.

Senior counsel Gopal Subramanium, appearing for the resort company, also made a statement to this effect.

The high court May 17 had declared as “illegal and void” the Nov 22, 2005, Mansagar Lake Precinct Lease Agreement by which 100 acres of the land in the complex was given on a 99-year lease. The court also cancelled another document named the Jal Mahal Leave and Licence Agreement.

The Mansagar Lake and Jal Mahal are located near Amber Fort in Jaipur.

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