Madras HC declines to relax order banning registration of

Team SoOLEGAL 9 Jan 2017 10:00pm

Madras HC declines to relax order banning registration of

The Madras High Court has declined to relax its earlier order imposing a blanket ban on registration of unapproved plots in Tamil Nadu.

The first bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice M Sundar also declined to form a committee comprising retired judges to look into the issue, saying, "We are against the system of parallel committee, and once the regulations are framed it would be placed in public domain before it is finalised." 

The bench urged the new chief secretary of Tamil Nadu to bestow her attention on the issue, and said, "Conversion of agricultural lands for non-agricultural use in an unplanned manner should be undone." 

It then adjourned the matter to January 30 for further hearing, after the state government sought some more time to frame rules to regulate conversion of agricultural lands into residential layouts.

Advocate-general R Muthukumaraswamy sought two more weeks, saying the process had reached its final stages following which the bench obliged, but not without asking whether the delay was "political or administrative".

The bench also firmly rejected the pleas advanced by lawyers representing realtors and others seeking permission for resale of lands and houses, saying the whole endeavour was to untangle the mess created by indiscriminate conversion of farm lands into housing plots.

Seeking to prevent further development of unauthorised layouts and conversion of agricultural areas for non-agriculture use in an unplanned way, the court had on September 9 restrained authorities from registering sale deeds for plots in such layouts or any flats or buildings constructed on them.

The court said this while passing an interim order on a PIL from an advocate 'Elephant' Rajendran, seeking to forbear authorities concerned from giving approval or permission to convert agricultural land into layouts and construct flats or buildings on them.


Source: PTI

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