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According to what Bhog calls a certified copy of the 1907 Indenture Deed, which he has attached to the petition, land measuring 111.5 acres has been leased out to RWITC. The acreage has also been written in words. The Army's copy of the lease deed on the other hand shows the land to be 11.5 acres. When contacted, K N Dhunjibhoy, chairman, RWITC said, "I am in a meeting, call after one hour." In repeated attempts to contact him later, Dhunjibhoy disconnected the call. A written message to him was not replied to. A senior LMA official said, "The LMA has yet not received a copy of the suit."

On Tuesday when the LMA, the Government of India and RWITC were to file their replies in court, it was learnt that the RWITC had asked for time to file their reply. The LMA was not represented in court.

In a written communication with this paper, HQ, Southern Command, said, "Issues raised by Mr Bhog have all been part of the legal case filed by RWITC against Army Authorities regarding the said lease deed. Based on the Army's representations before the Bombay High Court, the RWITC has withdrawn its case and the issue has been settled amicably between RWITC and the Local Military Authority. The present case by Mr Bhog seems to be an attempt to vitiate the atmosphere and is best resolved by him and the RWITC."

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