Holkar Trust properties: MP Chief Minister hails High Court decision, orders probe by EOW, and legal action against culprits

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Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan has welcomed and described the High Court verdict regarding the properties of Khasgi (Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar Charities) Trust as a major and important decision. 

The Indore Bench of Jabalpur High Court has held that the current title of properties of the erstwhile Ruler of Holkar State, Maharaja Yashwant Rao Holkar, belongs to the State of Madhya Pradesh. The Bench of Justice SC Sharma and Juatice Shailendra Shukla set aside a single-Bench order that had stopped the State revenue authorities from entering the name of State of Madhya Pradesh as owner of properties of the Khasgi Trust.

The Trust does not have any power of whatsoever kind to alienate the Trust properties in any manner. The original trust deed in respect of Khasgi Trust and the settlement of claim by Government of India in Khasgi properties makes it very clear that the Khasgi properties and the income from Khasgi shall be treated as lapsed for all time to the Madhya Bharat Government, and therefore, any subsequent trust deed amending the original trust deed providing for sale of Khasgi properties is null and void.

High Court order

For a backgrounder check: Case of Holkar Trust property in Haridwar: MP Chief Secretary directed to appear before Uttarakhand High Court

Chief Minister Chouhan has directed the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) to investigate the irregularities linked with t he Khasgi Trust. In addition, a separate committee will be set up in the Department of Revenue to maintain and monitor the properties and assets of this Trust. The Chief Minister has directed that necessary action should be initiated for taking back the property.

Chief Secretary Iqbal Singh Bains, Director General of Police Vivek Johri, Additional Chief Secretary Home Dr. Rajesh Rajaura, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Manish Rastogi, Special Officer in charge Makrand Deuskar and Director General EOW Rajiv Tandon were present.

EOW to investigate

The Chief Minister on Tuesday 6 October after the High Court’s decision regarding Khasgi Trust, directed the EOW to investigate the properties of Khasgi Trust that have been sold, and also all the illegal construction.

The Chief Minister said that the state government will initiate legal proceedings and take action against persons who have sold the trust property illegally. He also directed that a Revenue team and a Special Police Squad should be formed to take back the properties of the Trust.

The Khasgi Trust has 246 properties including 138 temples, 18 Dharamshalas, 34 Ghats, 12 Chhatris, 24 gardens and kunds (ponds) etc. These assets are located in different places in the country and Madhya Pradesh.

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