How can statue on private land be questioned, asks Madras high court – Times of India

Chennai News

CHENNAI: The Madras high court on Wednesday reserved its order on a plea challenging installation of a statue of former chief minister M Karunanidhi at a privately-owned plot adjoining the Girivalam path in Tiruvannamalai, by a private trust founded by state minister E V Velu.
Reserving the order, a vacation bench of Justice M S Ramesh and Justice Mohammed Shafiq wondered as to how the plea could be entertained when the land is privately owned property.
The bench made the observation in view of the submission made by the district administration that the land in which the statue was proposed to be constructed was a patta land. On May 19, a vacation bench of the court restrained Velu and Jeeva Educational Trust from erecting a statue in view of the allegation of the petitioner that the statue is proposed to be put up in an encroached public land abutting Thiruvannamalai Girivalam path.
The issue pertains to a plea moved by G Karthik, against erection of the statue.
The petitioner claimed that the structure was to come up on an encroached land in collusion with the district administration.
Opposing the plea, the government asserted that there is no illegality in the matter and that the writ petition itself is not maintainable on the ground that the petitioner has no locus to file the petition in respect of such issues, where he has no connection at all.