October 1st, 2011
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Case to check land grabbing dismissed

Madrass high courtChennai: 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 usurpig the civil courts powers.

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


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