SRINAGAR The Jammu and Kashmir High court on Thursday dismissed a petition filed by Hotel Nedous, seeking renewal of 98.11 kanals of lease land in the world famous skiing resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir.
The court while dismissing the petition held that valuable public property cannot be taken only on the premise that someone has grabbed it for decades.
Hearing the case, the division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Alok Aradhe remarked that public property was valuable asset and directed state authorities to file details of all those cases where land has been given on lease and simultaneously has expired. The court said details of all such cases be filed before the bench as soon as it is compiled.
Meanwhile Additional Advocate General (AAG) B A Dar informed court that Hotel Nedous was only leased 2 kanals and 3 marlas of land in 1965 but over the years they encroached more than 98 kanals of land which has been retrieved and report has been already submitted before the court.