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HC dismisses DMK plea against forming anti-land grabbing cells

Last Updated: Saturday, October 1, 2011 - 08:15

Chennai: The Madras High Court on Saturday dismissed a petition by DMK legal wing secretary RS Bharathi challenging a Tamil Nadu government order to set up 39 special police cells across the state to check land grabbing.

"There was no `regime targeting or political
witch-hunting` as alleged. No public interest arose for
consideration in the petition," Justice KN Basha heading a
bench said, dismissing Bharathi`s petition.

Bharathi sought a direction to quash the order alleging
that the cells had been constituted to "ruin the political
career of DMK men in the eyes of the public."

However, the court admitted petitions by two advocates R
Thamaraiselvan, also a DMK MP, and G Devarajan and directed
the respondent authorities to file a counter by October 20 and
posted the matter for final disposal on October 21.

Thamaraiselvan in his petition alleged the government
order was issued on political considerations which violated
various laws including the Transfer of Property Act and the
Specific Relief Act and the Constitution.

Devarajan said there were no guidelines issued to the
police to deal with land grabbing complaints and the
government`s action amounted to usurping the civil courts

"The petitioners in these writ petitions being advocates,
their locus standi cannot be doubted," the Bench said and
admitted their petitions.


First Published: Saturday, October 1, 2011 - 08:15

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