Tamilnadu Registration - Cancellation of registrations on bogus documents
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Many small land owners like me in Tamilnadu have been suffering for long due to land grab problems committed by landsharks/land brokers and even the advocates with the connivance of local corporators affiliated to various political parties. The problem has been compounded by corrupt personnel working in Taluka offices (Revenue Dept.) and Sub-Registrar's Office(Registration Dept.). The due procedures are never followed, records are never properly maintained and illegal and corrupt practices are adopted by these personnel in return for huge sums of easy money and also due to political pressures.Supreme Court Order of 1908 pertaining to Registration Act has never been followed in Tamilnadu till date due to which lakhs of bonafide land owners like me are suffering without protection from these land grabbers. The I.G. Registration Circular regarding registration rules to be followed as per the Registration Act of 1908 was stayed at the Madras High Court by a few advocates. After several representations from the affected people, and after going thoroughly into the arguments of both the sides, single bench, Justice T. Raja vide his final order on 14/07/2014 vacated the stay in both benches of Madras High Court viz. Madurai and Madras (Chennai) paving the way for the I. G. Registration/Distt. Registrars/Sub-Registrars to cancel those registrations found to have been registered using bogus documents. While we were heaving a sigh of relief at long last for the justice, I.G. Registration never set about implementing circular 67 resulting in yet another appeal at the Madras High Court that again was granted a Stay. We are informed that this stay is still continuing. It is shocking as to how another judge of the same Madras High Court could overrule the judgement of a previous judge (in this case, Justice T.Raja) who had thoroughly gone into the representations of both sides over a period of time, analysed all the documents presented to him and heard the arguments at length, before finally vacating the Stay irrevocably and granting remedy/justice to the aggrieved parties like me. I am deeply disappointed that justice has been denied to pressurize the litigants into selling off their lands to these land sharks at throw away prices in the name of pending litigations. Several cases at the Madras High Court are pending related to land grabbing. The present stay has only strengthened the arms of these land grabbers and politicians who now boldly indulge in fabrication of documents and bogus registrations. Any number of complaints to the police is of no use even though a special cell in the name of 'Anti land Grab Cell' has been formed to end this menace at the Chennai Police Commissioner's Office. The local police stations never take up complaints against the fraudsters knowing fully well that they are aided by the corporators/ local ward councilors and their political parties into indulging in this criminal act and people are asked to seek remedies from courts that take several years to conclude. I have been fighting this battle for the last 14 years without a favourable end in sight. As law abiding citizen of this state and this country I have believed on our justice system and police these pillars of laws has not been of any help to the common man. Through this posting, I hope my voice will be heard as of other aggrieved people like me and hopefully the law authorities speed up in upholding justice with tougher laws in a view to protect the citizens.
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