HC directs Chennai police to restore Rs 8 cr land

Chennai,  (PTI) Coming to the rescue of an 84-year- old man, whose land worth Rs 8 crore in the city was encroached, the Madras High Court has directed police to immediately remove the encroachers and restore the property to him.

Dismissing a petition by the alleged encroacher seeking to prevent the police from interfering in the matter, Justice P N Prakash ordered that sufficient police personnel be deployed for removal of the land grabbers.

Claiming that he was the owner of the property, petitioner P M Elavarasan had sought a direction to police not to interfere with its peaceful possession and enjoyment.

The third respondent, octogenarian V V V Nachiappan, who is the actual owner of the property in Vadapalani here, submitted that the land was grabbed by S N Padmanathan and a few others in 2011 by creating forged release and sale deeds.

On a complaint from him, registration authorities later cancelled the fraudulent release and sale deeds.

However, suppressing the fact, Padmanathan created another sale deed dated April 17, 2013 in favour of his accomplice P M Elavarasan, though registration officials did not register the document since the previous sale deed had been cancelled.

When Nachiappan had gone to inspect his land in February, he was threatened by a few anti-socials allegedly engaged by Elavarasan.

Following this, Nachiappan had moved the high court seeking police protection and the court had then passed an order directing the police to take action.

Elavarasan filed the present petition. When it came up for hearing yesterday, the judge directed the police to immediately restore the property to the possession of Nachiappan by removing the encroachers by using necessary Police force and posted the matter for compliance to Friday.

PTI

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