Manikonda land case: Supreme Court rules in favor of Telangana govt

Ending decades-old litigation between the Telangana government and the Waqf Board, the Supreme Court on Monday has ruled in the favor of the state in a case related to the Manikonda Jagir lands in Hyderabad.

The SC bench comprising of Justices Hemant Gupta and V. Ramasubramanian ruled that 1,654 acres 32 Guntas of land belong to the Telangana government.

The ruling has put an end to the controversy between the state and the Waqf Board on who should own the title over a prime land claimed by both. While the Manikonda dargah was supported by the Waqf board and Waqf tribunal on one side, the state, along with its allottees were on the other side, including the Lanco Hills, Emaar properties, Indian School of Business (ISB), etc.

The judgment worked in the state’s favor, otherwise, they would be under a heavy obligation to pay Rs 50,000 crore as compensation.

Earlier in 2006, the Waqf board had declared that all 1,654 acres as dargah land became the bone of contention while the state said that Dargah Hazrat Hussain Shah Vali, owned only one acre and not 1,654 acres. On April 3, 2012, the Andhra Pradesh High Court ruled in favor of the Waqf Board.

However, the state approached the Apex Court challenging the High Court judgment.

The SC rejected the High Court’s judgment stated that all rights over the entire land belong to the Telangana government.

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