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As Salman Rushdie Recovers, His Solan Property In The Eye Of Storm

Anees Villa was built by Rushdie’s grandfather. Rushdie who always had a threat to his life after writing Satanic Verses in 1988, kept his visit a secret even back then, 22 years ago.

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Author Salman Rushdie (Photo Credits: Twitter)

Chandigarh: Even as noted author Salman Rushdie is recovering after the August 22, 2022 attack in New York, his Solan bungalow – Anees Villa – has courted another controversy, this time around due to a fight between the caretakers and the two residents of Delhi who claimed to have a power of attorney of the bungalow. The two men are Anirudh Shanker Dass and Rajesh Tripathi.

The caretaker of the bungalow Govind Ram said that he had been taking care of the villa for the past 25 years and was being forcibly evicted by the duo.

Govind was being paid Rs 1,700 per month for the upkeep of the house. In 1997, Govind was given three rooms in the villa, and money was also supposed to be given to him for maintenance purposes. About a month ago, two residents of Delhi Anirudh Shanker Dass and Rajesh Tripathi came and threw their household items out of the house and asked them to vacate the premises. They did not hear Govind Ram’s plea that he was the caretaker of the property, sources said.

Then Govind approached the local court. The Senior Civil Judge has now passed the interim orders in favour of the caretakers and restrained – Dass and Tripathi from evicting Govind from the property.

Salman Last Visited The House In The Year 2000

Salman Rushdie last visited his Solan house Anees Villa in the year 2000. The house was gifted to him by his father on his 21st birthday in 1968. Anees Villa was built by Rushdie’s grandfather. Rushdie who always had a threat to his life after writing Satanic Verses in 1988, kept his visit a secret even back then, 22 years ago.

After having visited Anees Villa, he had tea at the nearby Himani restaurant, got into a red Maruti car, and went back before the reporters got a whiff of his visit. He had reportedly visited along with his son Zafar Rushdie and his counsel.

Built-in the 1920s, Anees Villa served as a hostel for a school in the early 1950s. The state government even paid rent for occupying this property for several years. In 1983, the government stopped paying the rent, declared it an anonymous property, and transferred it to the Revenue Department. In 1993, the famed writer staked his claim on Anees Villa in the Himachal Pradesh High Court.

In November 1995, the case was decided in favour of Anees Ahmed, Rushdie’s father, who was an Indian Civil Servant. It was only after filing another review petition for claiming rights over the property that the house came his way. Rushdie became the rightful owner of the property on November 15, 1997.

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