Court rules against local conglomerate in govt land plot seizure

JP Leader Qasim Ibrahim PHOTO:Parliament

The High Court on Tuesday ruled that a land plot in reclaimed suburb Hulhumale, which was awarded to local conglomerate Villa Group, was seized by the government lawfully, overturning the lower court’s verdict which had been in favour of Villa.

This is the second such verdict in a series of cases against Villa, which is owned by opposition Jumhoory Party’s leader Qasim Ibrahim. The state had awarded land plots in Hulhumale to Villa in 2005 for industrial purposes and later took some of the plots back in 2015 over Villa’s failure to commence development.

Villa had filed lawsuits to regain the plots. The High Court had closed one such case against Villa last month, followed by the second such verdict on Tuesday.

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Source URL: Mihaaru-News

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