The court said that the committees should not be disturbed for at least three years.
The court was hearing a batch of petitions which sought to forbear the authorities from removing the encroachments made at Bibikulam in Madurai. A division bench of Justices N Kirubakaran and B Pugalendhi observed that the court’s valuable time is spent on cases pertaining to encroachments at both high court’s Madurai bench and the principal seat.
Since the menace is increasing, the courts are unable to spend time on other cases which require its attention.
Though there has been no improvement with regard to removal of encroachments in the state, the officials could not be blamed as the encroachers are often powerful and there is no security to the lives of officials. The judges said that though it was stated that most of the encroachers are people below the poverty line, the court cannot show any misplaced sympathy to the encroachers as it would create a bad precedent.
Hence the judges granted four months time for all encroachers at Bibikulam to vacate the premises.