CHENNAI: Stating that the courts would not help those who engage in land encroachment, the Madras High Court observed that such activities have reduced the amount of land reserved for maintaining ecological balance.
The First Bench of Chief Justice Munishwar Nath Bhandari and Justice D Bharatha Chakravarthy recently made the comments while rejecting a batch of petitions filed by residents of Bethel Nagar, Injambakkam, on the outskirts of Chennai, seeking to order the issuance of patta and revocation of the eviction notice. .
“The uncontrolled encroachment of government land has drastically reduced the area that was set aside in the interest of public and ecological balance. It is the imperative duty of officials in the Department of Revenue to preserve and protect government lands that have been set aside for specific purposes,” the bench said.
He did not spare those officials who colluded with usurpers. “Indisputably, such encroachments could not have taken place without the knowledge of the defendant authorities. This is a case where, until contempt proceedings were opened, the respondent authorities acted in cahoots with the invaders, rather than making serious efforts to protect government lands. It is commonplace that where a person encroaches on the rank without any valid right or title to land owned by the government, the court should not allow or protect the continued illegal occupation of the land. »
The judges clarified that the court will never assist a person who engages in an illegal act such as trespassing on land. Saying that the prayer made by the petitioners for patta cannot be accepted, the judges dismissed the petitions.
The problem of encroachment on the lands of Bethel Nagar has been going on for a long time now. The High Court had issued eviction directions in 2015 and 2017, but the orders were not complied with, leading to a contempt motion, on which the first judge recently ordered the eviction. Subsequently, the commercial buildings were sealed off by the concerned government authorities while asking for time until the completion of public reviews for acting against residential buildings.
Meanwhile, residents have filed petitions asking for patta and revocation of the eviction notice. The proceedings relating to the motion for contempt are still ongoing.
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