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48-Hour Deadline for Vepery Inspector to Evict Tenant Amid Property Dispute By Madras High Court

48-Hour Deadline for Vepery Inspector: The dispute centered around J Sekar, who had been a tenant in a property located on Dharmaraja Koil Street, Choolai, Chennai, since 1998. Sekar claimed to have paid Rs. 2.50 lakh to the father of Loganathan, the property owner, and obtained a sale deed.

Chennai, 01September(City Times): 48-Hour Deadline for Vepery Inspector: In a significant legal decision, the Madras High Court has ruled against tenant J Sekar in a property dispute case. Sekar had filed a plea seeking to prevent police intervention in a dispute related to a property he had rented.

The court, presided over by Justice S M Subramaniam, declared that once a complaint is lodged with the police, it is their legal obligation to register the case and initiate appropriate action. The court emphasized that the judiciary cannot hinder the police in performing their duty to investigate and uphold the law.

The dispute centered around J Sekar, who had been a tenant in a property located on Dharmaraja Koil Street, Choolai, Chennai, since 1998. Sekar claimed to have paid Rs. 2.50 lakh to the father of Loganathan, the property owner, and obtained a sale deed.

However, after Loganathan’s father passed away, a civil suit was filed concerning the property. In response, Sekar began demolishing a portion of the rented space, asserting his ownership of 240 sq. feet. This prompted a complaint by Loganathan’s widow and son to the police, as well as an eviction petition before the civil court.

Justice Subramaniam observed that it has become common in Chennai for individuals to attempt to acquire valuable properties through such disputes. The judge determined that Sekar’s primary intention was to gain ownership of the valuable property by any means possible.

Additionally, the judge noted that the building was in a state of disrepair, and it was Sekar’s responsibility to inform the landlord for necessary repairs. Given the outstanding rental arrears of approximately Rs. 2.89 lakh, the issue of refunding the Rs. 2.50 lakh paid to Loganathan’s father was deemed irrelevant. The Inspector of Police was directed to evict Sekar from the premises and return it to the landowner within a 48-hour timeframe.

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