DMK president M. Karunanidhi on Thursday asked the State Government to state what steps it had taken to retrieve government land worth Rs.200 crore in the heart of the city.

In a statement, the DMK leader said that the government had leased out the land to the Agri-Horticultural Society, located on Cathedral Road.

Even after expiry of lease period, the Society failed to vacate the disputed property measuring 4 cawnies, 18 grounds and 1,683 sq.ft.

Narrating the efforts made by the DMK regime to retrieve the land since 2004 and the legal battle initiated during his period, he said after the change of government, the Chennai District Collector passed an order in 2011 cancelling the show-cause notice issued against the Agri-Horticultural Society and confirmed the title of the land in its favour.

The DMK chief said when the matter was pending before the Madras High Court, it was informed during November 2011, that the

Principal Secretary-cum-Commissioner of Land Administration had issued a fresh show-cause notice to the Society and put on hold the earlier decision of the Collector.

Mr. Karunanidhi sought to know what steps had been taken in the one year since such an order was issued to retrieve the land.