In the last week of 2021, the Telangana High Court ordered the Telangana State govt. & the state revenue administration to forbid any construction activity in 9 plots located inside Osmania University (OU) which were sold by a housing society. After the order from the Telangana High Court, OU officials filed police compliant regarding the same issue. Amberpet Police Station team carried out an investigation and the findings showed that the land on which the construction activity was being carried out upon belonged to Osmania University and was encroached upon.
A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed by an OU research scholar Poladi Ramana Rao was heard by a presiding bench of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma & Justice N Tukaramji. The High Court bench instructed the petitioner Ramana Rao to make the housing society in question 0 Tulasi Cooperative Society – a respondent to the case. The petitioner, Ramana Rao also questioned the lack of action by the respective authorities and lack of vigilance during the lockdown periods to protect lands owned by Osmania University.
The Telangana High Court bench also reviewed the counter affidavit filed by Osmania University and the findings of the police investigation, the bench concluded that the cooperative society in question – Tulasi Cooperative Society and its actions to sell the 9 plots were unlawful as it had no rights nor did it hold land titles of the 9 plots. The court said the first impressions or the prima facie of the case deem it to be a case of fraud and ordered a detailed report from the police & revenue authorities. The next hearing of the case was posted to 20th January 2022.
Tulasi Cooperative Society had bought 4,800 sq. yds. of land in 1976 and it had to secure title rights to the land after a legal battle with OU. A surveyor report had turned the court’s decision in the favour of the society which won the legal battle and secured land rights. The 4,800 sq. yds. land was divided into 14 plots of equal size of which one plot was reserved as a park and the rest 13 were sold. Advocate General B.S. Prasad stated that Tulasi Cooperative Society is using the surveyor’s report from the old case mentioned above to validate its encroachment of the surrounding 3,300 sq. yds. of land which belonged to Osmania University. According to the petitioner, the Tulasi Cooperative Society has sold more than 8.000 sq. yds. of land although it does not possess that much land.