13 Col­lec­tors told to go af­ter squat­ters

The New Indian Express - - TAMIL NADU - EX­PRESS NEWS SER­VICE @ Chen­nai

AS di­rected ear­lier, 13 District Col­lec­tors ap­peared be­fore a di­vi­sion bench of the Madras High Court on Thurs­day with nec­es­sary doc­u­ments re­lat­ing to re­moval of en­croach­ments in wa­ter­bod­ies in their re­spec­tive dis­tricts.

A bench of jus­tices Hu­lu­vadi G Ramesh and R MT Teekaa Ra­man told them that they were asked to ap­pear only to un­der­stand the se­ri­ous­ness of the is­sue. The bench dis­pensed with their ap­pear­ance in fu­ture. The judges ad­vised them to act freely in the mat­ter of re­moval of en­croach­ments on wa­ter­bod­ies and govern­ment lands. They should give pref­er­ence to re­mov­ing en­croach­ments and were also told to trans­fer cases, if any, pend­ing in the mat­ter be­fore lower courts in their re­spec­tive dis­tricts to the bench.

When the bench orally ob­served that with­out ob­tain­ing no-ob­jec­tion cer­tifi­cate (NOC) from District Rev­enue Of­fi­cers, the reg­is­ter­ing au­thor­i­ties should not reg­is­ter any doc­u­ments re­lat­ing to govern­ment lands, Ad­di­tional Ad­vo­cate-Gen­eral Man­is­hankar told the judges that an or­der to this ef­fect had been passed by an­other judge. The bench then posted the mat­ter for Novem­ber 17.

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