A Patna High Court move which brought much-needed relief to heritage lovers and residents of the city when it stayed the proposed demolition of the Sultan Palace of the city. A division bench of the Patna High Court comprising Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice S Kumar has even asked the Bihar Government to furnish its response within eight weeks and sought an explanation as to why it planned to demolish a 100-years-old heritage building.
Interestingly, this iconic heritage site was built by Barrister Sir Sultan Ahmed in the year 1922 and it is also known as Pariwahan Bhavan today. In this regard, a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) titled Amarjeet vs Union of India was filed by a lawyer of the city a few weeks ago.
Petitioner in the case said one of the judges hearing the case while citing an example of Rajasthan where old heritage buildings were restored, repurposed and refused as hotels or other purposes.
Nitish Kumar’s Government in mid–June had said that his cabinet had given its node to build three five-star hotels in the city which included one which is located at the Beer Chand Patel road where this historical site is located.