Kerala HC quashes govt. order taking over Tvm. Golf Club

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Kochi, Sep 23 (UNI) In a major embarassment for the Kerala Government, the state high court today quashed its May 31, 2008, order taking over possession of the Trivandrum Golf Club.

Justice V Giri held that the order taking possession was in violation of the principles of natural justice and hence warrants an interference of the court.

The court held that the show cause notice issued to the club did not contain specific allegations and the petitioners, the managment of the club, were not given adequate opportunity to defend their case.

Observing that the government should act in a fair and reasonable manner, the court held that the action of the government in taking over the club did not suit that mandate as the petitioners were not given proper hearing.

However, the court also observed that indisputably, the government was the owner of the property and was entitled to exercise its right over the property.

''The right available to the petitioner is very limited. The government, being the licensor, is entitled to revoke the license.

The Clause 11 of the license deed also provides for revocation of license. But the procedure adopted in issuing the order is vitiated,'' the court said.

Laying down the fair procedure, the court directed the government to first issue show cause notice to the petitioner within one month from today.

The petitioner shall file their objection within six weeks from that. The government should complete the entire proceedings within six months.

If the decision of the government was to evict the golf club management, then it should be given reasonable time to vacate the premises as it was in possession of the area for a long time, the court added.

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