After 148 years, the state stakes claim to Bangalore Club's land
news Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 05:30
Image courtesy: Bangalore Club website Bangalore Club, a 148-year-old landmark in the city where British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was once a member, is facing an eviction threat, but has asserted it will contest it. "We too heard that an order to vacate the premises in seven days was issued by assistant commissioner of revenue department Mahesh Babu," club secretary KD Murthy said. The eviction order to vacate the 13-acre sprawling area, valued at crores of rupees, was issued on the recommendation of the state legislative committee, which went into the ownership of the land located in the city centre. "We have recently filed a writ petition in the Karnataka High Court challenging a notice by the revenue department asking us to prove the land ownership," Murthy said. The order passed by Bengaluru North assistant commissioner N Mahesh Babu said "the Bangalore Club shall hand over possession of the property free from all encumbrances to the tahsildar of Bengaluru North taluka within seven days from the receipt of this order." The club has been warned that action will be initiated against it under the Karnataka Land Revenue Act, 1964, reported The Economic Times. "According to the Land Revenue Act, if a land falls under a corporation, then the land revenue act no longer applies. So the government's argument that it will take over land under the Act is faulty," says BV Acharya, former Advocate General of Karnataka. The club also submitted a copy of its title deed (khata), encumbrance certificate, property tax receipts and other documents showing the club is the owner of the land since the 19th century. Set up as the Bangalore United Services Club in the tradition of the colonial clubs for officers of the British empire, Churchill used to frequent it during his stint in India in 1896. In 1946, the premise was opened to civilians and was rechristened Bangalore Club. Its stately central building blends the idea and grandeur of the Raj and its resplendent Mysore room and the Gentlemen's Bar preserve its antiquity. Early this month, the club lost its liquor licence after its renewal application was rejected by the Bengaluru Urban district office. "Our liquor license was cancelled on July 2 and our stock of alcohol was seized on July 3 by the excise department," club president GV Radhakrishna said. Inputs IANS
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