Madras HC slams its own admin over land issue
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Last Updated: Friday, January 20, 2012, 16:27
Madurai: The Madras High Court Bench has criticised its own administration for refusing to provide passage to a private land, situated near the Judges' entrance of the court campus, and preventing the land owner, an old woman, from approaching the property.

"The poor owner, J Janakiammal cannot go to her land except by helicopter" Justice V Ramasubramanian said yesterday.

Disposing the petition, the Judge directed the Project Director of National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), Tiruchi, to remove the barricade to Janakiammal's property to the extent of not less than 30 feet at a location convenient to the petitioner within two weeks.

"I do not think a Constitutional court will be justified in wielding its power to prevent the owners of neighbouring lands from enjoying their properties with all rights and privileges that go along with a property, including the easement rights of necessity. To do so, by administrative action is still worse," the Judge said.

The petitioner submitted she actually owned 1.99 acres of land, of which 1.12 acres were acquired about 10 years ago for establishing the High Court Bench and 16 cents were acquired by the NHAI for providing a service road between a four-lane highway (connecting the nearby ring road and Tamil Nadu Agricultural College) and the judges' entrance to their bungalows.

She was now in possession of about 71 cents of land but even that could not be accessed by her as the NHAI had erected a barricade at the instance of the High Court, she submitted. Her plea for providing a 20-foot wide passage was rejected by the High Court's Building Committee comprising its judges.


First Published: Friday, January 20, 2012, 16:27

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