Mammootty| Photo: Instagram|mammootty|
Chennai: The Madras High Court on Tuesday has quashed a controversial order of the Tamil Nadu Land Administration Commission (LAC) declaring the land at Chengalpattu village near Chennai, owned by actors Mammootty and his son Dulquer Salman, as protected forest land. 40 acres of land are owned by Mammootty and Dulquar Salman at Karupazhippallam in Chengalpet.
Mammootty purchased the land in 1997 from its previous owner Kapali Pillai. However, it was later declared as a protected forest land by the Commissionerate of Land Administration in 2007. Following this, the actor obtained a favourable judgment from the Madras High Court against the order.
But the actor was forced to approach Madras High Court again in May 2020 after the Commissioner of Land Administration initiated the proceedings to seize the land after voluntarily reconsidering the earlier High Court order.
However, the Madras High Court directed the Commissioner of Land Administration to stay in the land acquisition process when the petition was considered in August 2021.
When the petition came up for reconsideration on Tuesday, the court quashed the Land Administration's order. However, the court said that the commissioner of land administration could issue a new order within 12 weeks after hearing the explanations of Mammootty and Dulquar.