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The Tamil Nadu government today informed the Madras High Court that it was working on a scheme to regularise unapproved housing plots and layouts in the state. A draft has already been prepared and was under circulation, Advocate General R Muthukumaraswamy submitted before a bench comprising Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sundar. In response, the bench said, "Let there be no registration until then" and adjourned the matter till tomorrow. The AG made the submission during the resumed hearing of a PIL besides batch of petitions filed by land owners and property developers, who have been affected, by the court's earlier order banning sale and resale of unapproved housing plots and layouts. On September 9 last year, the court had banned the sale and resale of unapproved housing plots and layouts on the PIL filed by advocate Elephant G Rajendran, who sought steps to stop indiscriminate conversion of agricultural land for non-agricultural use. However, the court had on March 28 relaxed its previous order and permitted registration authorities to register unapproved plots already sold. When the matter came up today, Rajendran, said there was an ambiguity in the last order which permitted resale of unapproved plots. He also filed a memo alleging that four lakh documents had been illegally registered by the registration authorities.
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