In view of the claim by a group of evicted people that they were residents of Thideer Nagar, Kannappar Thidal here, and the counter claim by authorities, the Madras High Court on Friday directed the Tamil Nadu Revenue Secretary to file a status report by March 1 to enable the court to proceed further in a case.

In its interim order on a batch of nearly 110 petitions, the First Bench comprising the Acting Chief Justice R.K.Agrawal and Justice K.Venkataraman directed the official to file the report and posted the petitions for further hearing on that date.

The petitioners’ counsel, S.Prabakaran, contended that the people were staying at Thideer Nagar for more than 17 years.

They had been evicted without any prior notice under Section 7 of the Tamil Nadu Land Encroachment Act.