Neer Mahal, The palace of Tripura’s last king, Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya Bahadur, built in the 1930s in the middle of a lake at Melagarh in Sepahijala district belongs to the state government the Tripura high court has ruled.
The verdict on Monday came five years after the state government moved the high court after a lower court in 2015 ordered the return of the property to the erstwhile royal family.
Bahadur’s son, Kirit Bikram Kishore Manikya, had handed over the property to the state government for its maintenance and use for the public interest in 1972.
The last king’s daughter-in-law, Bibhu Kumari Devi, and grandson, Pradyot Kishore Deb Burman, moved the lower court in 2005 seeking the return of the palace called Neermahal, a popular tourist destination.
A division bench of chief justice A K Qureshi and justice Arindam Lodh rejected the family’s plea, saying the family had relinquished Neermahal.
Pradyut Deb Burman said that they would challenge the high court’s verdict before the Supreme Court.