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.
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.