The Madras High Court recently asked the Tamil Nadu Government to return the 7.83 acres of land that had been acquired from a freedom fighter's family. The court said that freedom fighters shouldered the responsibility of 125 crore people and their movable and immovable properties should not be disturbed at any cost.
In this case, the authorities had acquired a freedom fighter's property for a neighborhood scheme which is not as important as the freedom fighters who contribute to the safety of the entire nation.
The judge ordered the department to re-convey the land to the family to an extent of 7.83 acre and allow them to own, possess, and enjoy the property without any encumbrance.
The government acquired a total land of 123.49 acres including the 7.83 acre for a housing scheme. This land was gifted by the government to Subbaiah, the original owner of the land, in 1949 for agricultural purposes. It was passed over after Subbaiah's death to his legal heirs. The acquisition of this land was challenged by the legal heirs of Subbaiah and won by them.