The Madras high court today refused to lift its ban on registering unauthorised plots and extended the stay for two more weeks.
When a case filed by Elephant G Rajendran came up for hearing, the court said its order banning registration of plots and houses in unapproved housing layouts as well as conversion of agricultural land for non-agricultural use in an unplanned manner in Tamil Nadu, would continue.
In its order on September 8, the First Bench of Chief Justice S.K. Kaul and Justice R. Mahadevan.said the order was necessary to save the ecology and prevent flooding while simultaneously giving time to the State government to come up with legislative changes.
It then directed the Inspector General of Registration to circulate the order to all registering authorities (Sub-Registrars) in the State.
“We are of the view that this aspect would brook no delay till the government develops some thought process for plans and brings into force Section 22A of Registration (Tamil Nadu Amendment) Act 2008”.
The bench said we thus hereby direct that no registering authority shall register any sale deed in respect of any building constructed on such plots unauthorised layouts.
The bench said this order becomes necessary in order to prevent unauthorised and haphazard development/sale of agricultural areas for agricultural use, and giving government time to come with a broad policy document to save ecology and prevent flooding