Temple land is not govt land, Hyderabad HC tells Andhra Pradesh govt [Excerpt]

Source: – Times of India.

HYDERABAD: Asking the authorities as to why they need to be reminded repeatedly that endowment land is not government land and that they need to take prior permission from the high court before giving away endowment land to third parties, the Hyderabad high court on Tuesday directed the AP State and its authorities to pay at Rs 24 lakh per acre along with 24 per cent interest per annum for the four-acre land they took away from Sri Amareswara Swamy temple in Amaravathy village of Guntur district 16 years ago without paying a single rupee so far.
Describing as chaotic the action of the district collector in delivering possession of the land to the social welfare department for raising a girls’ hostel without adequately compensating the temple, the bench of acting chief justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice J Uma Devi upheld a single judge order that earlier ordered the authorities to compensate the temple first. The bench dismissed the appeal filed by the AP social welfare residential schools society which argued against the single judge order and contended that the government has the power to allot endowment land to public purposes.

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