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Tripura Royal family lost High Court case in Neermahal land possession
TIWN Jan 6, 2020
Tripura Royal family lost High Court case in Neermahal land possession
PHOTO : Neermahal, Melaghar, Photo inset : Advocate General Arun Kanti Bhowmik talking to media. TIWN Photos.

AGARTALA, Jan 6 (TIWN): Tripura Govt has won 6 acre Neermahal land totally in a High Court verdict.

Addressing media, Advocate General Arun Kanti Bhowmik said, Ex-King of Tripura Lt. Kirit Bikram Manikya’s personal property at Melaghar’s Neermahal made with 6 acre of land including lake and Neermahal, was handed over to Govt of Tripura in 1974 totally.

Then, after Kirit Bikram Manikya passed  away, in 2008 later the Queen Bibhu Devi filed a petition challenging the Govt and claimed that the land was never handed over fully. It was demanded that the property was only given as order to use and thus Govt has to return the land and also the profit made from it should also be given back, said Advocate General Arun Kanti Bhowmik. Click TIWN YouTube Link to see Advocate General’s statement

Then in 2015 Queen Bibhu Devi won her claim in lower court and then Govt of Tripura challenging the Court order, filed petition in High Court. Today in division bench verdict, High Court said that this land totally belongs to Govt of Tripura and thus Govt can use it for the development of people.

Neermahal is a former royal palace built by Maharaja of Tripura Kingdom Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya Debbarma of the erstwhile Kingdom of Tripura, India in the middle of the lake Twijilikma in 1930 and was completed by 1938. It is situated in Melaghar, 53 kilometers away from Agartala, the capital of Tripura.

The palace is the largest of its kind in India and the only one in Eastern India. It is so huge, it cannot be fit into a single picture frame on the standard camera until you are at a distance of approximately 800 metres from the entrance. There are only two water palaces in India, the other one being the Jal Mahal in Rajasthan. However, the latter is significantly smaller in size than Neermahal.

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