Maharashtra’s oldest case: Court issues contempt notice to land officer


On the day (January

19) TOI reported on the state’s oldest court case, pending for nearly 67 years, the Akola civil court issued a contempt notice to the district superintendent of land records (DSLR) for inordinate delay of over six-and-ahalf years in measuring a plot of disputed land of 800 sq feet.

Fifth judicial magistrate first class M D Nanaware asked superintendent Yogesh Kulkarni to appear before the court. When the officer appeared the same day, he was asked why contempt action shouldn’t be initiated against him for not complying with the court’s orders for such a long period.

Kulkarni tendered an unconditional apology and requested the judge to grant him two weeks to complete the work. He said a sports meet was underway in his office and so the work would take some time. He said his team would conduct measurements of the land on January

  1. The judge then directed him to submit the measurement report by February 2 and fixed the next hearing for February 12.

According to Virendra Nande, son of applicant Shobha Nande, they had deposited the money with the DSLR towards measurement charges and had been waiting a long time for the team to arrive.