Karunanidhi questions Collector`s order on land
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Last Updated: Wednesday, October 12, 2011, 19:39
Chennai: DMK Chief M Karunanidhi on Wednesday questioned the Chennai District Collector's order handing over a prime land in the city to the Agri-Horticultural society, saying only the state cabinet could take a decision on the dispute over the ownership of the land.

Writing in DMK's mouth piece, Murasoli, Karunanidhi said state cabinet during the DMK rule on July 7, 2006 had decided to appeal in the Madras High Court against handing over the land to the society by the previous Jayalalithaa Government.

The Collector should clarify whether he took the decision on his own or under instruction from the government, he said.

His poser comes two days after Chennai District Collector incharge, K A Annamalai clarified that he had passed the order only after examining documents dating back to 1877, which confirmed the society was the rightful owner of the land, measuring 18 grounds and 1,683 square feet.

He said the Honorary Secretary of the society, who was given three chances to prove his claim on the ownership of the property in May and June last preferred to wait to stake his claim till July 15. "If the Secretary had any real documentary evidence to prove his claim, why should he wait till July 15?" he asked.

Karunanidhi on Sunday accused the AIADMK Government of handing over possession of the government land near Anna Flyover in the heart of the city to the horticultural society to favour V Krishnamurthy, a friend of Jayalalithaa and secretary of the society.


First Published: Wednesday, October 12, 2011, 19:39

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