President Pratibha Patils husband Devisingh Shekhawat and some other relatives have been served notices by the Sub-Divisional Magistrate of Daryapur in Amravati district after a Dalit farmer from Chandrapur Khallar village claimed the Shekhawat familys name had appeared on the records of his farm.
Following Kishor Bansods complaint,SDM Ashok Amankar issued the notices to Devisingh Shekhawat and seven others,including his nephew Bhanwarsingh Lalsingh Shekhawat and his brothers Kishorsingh,Omsingh and Raghusingh. The local Talathi and then revenue inspector have also been sent notices.
Officials who had come for measurements of the land said my land is in the name of the Shekhawat family. The three-acre farm was purchased by my father Mahadevrao in 1985-86 in my name from one Bapurao Chaudhary. It was purchased by Shekhawat after a court order. We have challenged that, said Kishor Bansod.
The Shekhawat family had secured an order from the Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court in 1982 for purchase of about seven acres of land belonging to one Raisingh Dike,who had decided not to sell his land to Shekhawats father Ramsingh after accepting token money from him in 1964. The Shekhawat family lost their appeals against Dike in the Daryapur civil court in 1970 and then in Amravati District Court in 1971 before they approached the High Court in 1972, said Bansods lawyer Sunil Gajbhiye.
When they actually carried out the purchase process on paper,1.2 hectare of Bansods farm from survey numbers 35/1F and about 0.81 hectares belonging to his mother Narmada in survey no 35/1C were shown as purchased by the Shekhawats. This land always belonged to the Bansods, he said,adding,I challenged before the SDM the part about Kishors land since it is in mutation entry stage and will soon challenge the case of his mother before the civil court, Gajbhiye further said. Asked if at any point of time Dikes farm had been purchased by Bapurao Chaudhary from whom Basod purchased it,Gajbhiye asnwered in the negative.
Meanwhile,Devisingh Shekhawat refuted the allegations saying,There is absolutely no hanky-panky and everything has been done according to proper court order. The Land Records office has measured and surveyed all the land and only that which is due to be handed over to us has been given to us. Bansod has his own land with him already. It so happened that the Dike family sold the land to various buyers,writing wrong survey numbers,during the pendency of the litigation. They all now stand corrected following an official check. Bansod also possesses extra land. When the court asked him if has the papers for it,he could furnish nothing. That land has been taken away from him now.
Some people have politically activated him. We are not interested in the land. We have decided to donate it for an ashram school. What do we get out of a saline tract of non-irrigated land? he asked. This is an ideal case to show how even going by law is so difficult, he added.