Madras HC issues clarification on registration of unapproved plots

Passing a clarification on its earlier order on the registration of unapproved plots, the Madras High Court has allowed the registration of housing plots that had been converted from agricultural land, before October 21, 2016

Madras High Court, on June 15, 2017, clarified that housing plots that had been converted from agricultural land before October 21, 2016, may be registered. Passing orders on a clarificatory petition by the state government, on its previous May 12 order, a bench comprising chief justice Indira Banerjee and justice M Sunder, however, said that this would not apply to plots that had been registered in violation of the interim order passed by the court earlier.

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It said Rule 15 B of the Tamil Nadu Regularisation of Unapproved Layouts and Plots Rules 2017, is to be read in harmony with Section 22-A of the Registration Act, 1908 and the provision thereto.

The government sought clarification, with respect to the May 12, 2017 order passed by the bench, on a batch of petitions against conversion of agricultural lands into housing plots. It submitted that registrations had come to a standstill, because of the order and sought the clarification.


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