TN seeks dismissal of plea on title deed in Kaverirajapuram

The Tamil Nadu government on Thursday sought dismissal of an appeal by a woman seeking title deed for a plot of land in Kaverirajapuram village, where Karnataka HC Chief Justice Dinakaran was alleged to have encroached land.

Updated: Apr 29, 2010, 21:38 PM IST

Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government on Thursday
sought dismissal of an appeal by a woman seeking title deed
for a plot of land in Kaverirajapuram village, where Karnataka
High Court Chief Justice P D Dinakaran was alleged to have
encroached land.

State Revenue Secretary K Dhanavel in his counter told
the court that the issue was before the Supreme Court
collegium and a committee of Rajya Sabha where impeachment
proceedings against Dinakaran are pending.

"As the issue involved in appeals are also the subject
matter before the committee, the District Collector cannot
pass any order on the representation, as it will amount to
violation of privilege of Parliament," he said.

Noting that the factual details set out regarding the
lands in Kaverirajapuram would establish that the petitioners
have no right over these land, he said the appellants` claim
after 25 years "appears to be wilful and unreasonable" and
deserve to be dismissed as devoid of merits.

The official also said a close scrutiny of all the
relevant village accounts clearly establish that the names of
the appellants do not find place in the village records.

"In such circumstances, this court may be pleased to
dismiss all the writ appeals as devoid of merits and pass such
further or other orders as it may deem fit and proper in the
circumstances of the case," he said.

Dinakaran was asked to go on leave by the Collegium in
the wake of land grab and other charges but he has remained
defiant.

Dinakaran has not been performing judicial functions
after Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari admitted a motion in
December seeking his removal on charges of corruption,
land-grab and abuse of judicial office.

PTI