Chennai: Madras High Court on Thursday ordered
status quo "on the condition" of the Raj Bhavan land located
in a vast reserved forest area in the city, on a PIL opposing
proposed construction of a 500-bed hospital.
When the petition by a city-based lawyer came up for
hearing, a bench comprising Chief Justice M Y Eqbal and
Justice T S Sivagnanam directed the Government pleader to file
the counter and ordered "in the meantime present condition of
Raj Bhavan as it exists today shall be maintained".
Petitioner R Krishnamurthy sought a direction to the
Principal Secretary to the Governor to consider his
representation against the allocation of four acres for the
hospital in the campus by Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical
He submitted that university Vice-Chancellor had made an
announcement that Governor Surjit Singh Barnala had in
principle agreed to allot four acres on the Raj Bhavan campus
for construction of the hospital
He claimed if the hospital was built in the Raj Bhavan
campus, situated in an area of 156.14 acres in the Guindy Park
Reserved Forest Area, the ecological balance would be
disturbed and lead to water, air and soil pollution.