Even when a man applies for a filtered water connection after 20 years of residing in a certain, house, the courts can grant him permission to apply formally for the connection. This case has come up before the Calcutta High Court and on Monday the court granted permission to the petitioner to make a proper application and directed the authorities to take action on the basis of that application.
The petitioner, Ramlagan Mallick alias Khudiram Mallick, had leased part of a house on April 19, 2000, for 99 years. The deal was notarised and had come into effect on that date. His lawyer, Anindya Bose, told the court that he had been paying his taxes regularly.
Nearly 20 years after the deed was regularised, Mallick applied to the Kolkata Municipal Corporation for filtered water connection, on October 1, 2020. To this the Executive Engineer, Water Supply Department of KMC had written back, stating that application should be made by the recorded owners of the premises.
Alok Kumar Ghosh, advocate for the KMC pointed out that the petitioner had approached the KMC 20 years after the lease was notarised.
Justice Amrita Sinha, however, disposed of the petition and granted liberty to the petitioner to make an appropriate application for recording his name in the records of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation.
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“In the event, the name of the petitioner is recorded in the records of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation, then necessary steps shall be taken by the Kolkata Municipal Corporation for consideration of the application of the petitioner for grant of filter water connection in the premises in question,” the order read.