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Interim relief granted on writ petition filed by The Park Hotel

Petition terms Corporation authorities’ action “high-handed and “unfortunate”

“It is inexplicable as to why petitioner was singularly targeted for such an action”

CHENNAI: The Madras High Court has ordered the maintenance of status quo as on Monday in the matter relating to demolition/takeover of Open Space Reservation (OSR) lands on The Park Hotel premises in the city.

Justice V. Dhanapalan granted the interim relief on a writ petition filed by Apeejay Surendra Park Hotels Limited, which contended that Corporation authorities resorted to the “high-handed” and “unfortunate” action without any notice.

Terming it “arbitrary and illegal action,” the petitioner claimed no notice under the Tamil Nadu Land Encroachment Act 1905 or the Tamil Nadu Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Act 1975 was issued.

The petitioner said it reserved its right to challenge the validity of the provision mandating land owners to surrender a portion of their plot to the authorities as OSR, and initiate proceedings to claim compensation from the authorities for having brought adverse publicity to the hotel.

“It is inexplicable as to why the petitioner was singularly targeted for such an action,” it said, adding that the authorities proceeded with the demolition without even properly ascertaining the actual location of OSR lands.

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