The Madras High Court’s order, quashing the State government’s orders on the formation of special cells and courts to deal with charges of land-grabbing, has not rendered invalid the actions of the government on the issue, Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam told the Assembly on Friday. It would not be correct on the part of land grabbers to assume that they could again grab those lands and plots that were retrieved from them. The value of the properties in question was put at Rs. 2,354 crore, the Chief Minister said.
Mr. Panneerselvam was making the observations, while intervening in a debate on the Governor’s address when DMK member I. Periyasamy called the land grab cells a measure to discredit his party. The Chief Minister explained that the court had set aside the orders on the ground that the term, “land grab,” was not defined.
It also said that if the government wanted, it could remove the present anomalies and enact law. The court held the view that the remedy available to an aggrieved person under the laws was independent of such a person’s right to file civil suit or initiate appropriate civil proceeding to redress grievance.