Saturday, July 26, 2014

Man Fined for Throwing out Tenant’s Belongings

Published: 26th July 2014 08:32 AM

CHENNAI: A house owner who had thrown out his tenants by force has been asked by the Madras high court to pay 50,000 as compensation to the evicted tenants. 

"The right of persons who come to court cannot be allowed to end in an illegal manner," observed Justice 8%B Rajendran, who then said A Jagajothi of Gudalur in the Nilgiris district was entitled to at least 50,000 as compensation, as she and her family members had been illegally thrown out of the rented house. 

In her petition, Jagajothi said that she was living with her family in a rented a house near a government school in Gudalur, owing to certain differences of opinion with the school headmaster, her husband had lodged a police complaint against him. A few days later, after the police complaint created tension, their house owner tried to evict them in the middle of her daughter's academic year. As pleas for extension did not help, she filed a civil suit. Even while the suit was pending, the house owner threw out all her belongings. Police did not take any action despite complaints, which forced her to file the present case in the Madras high court. The house owner's son, denying the allegations and questioning the admissibility of the petition wherein his father had not been impleaded as party, said Jagajothi moved the court to gain sympathy. 

Justice Rajendran, finding merit in the tenant's case, said her right had to be safeguarded. He awarded a compensation of 50,000, and asked court authorities to implead Kathirvel as a party to the proceedings 

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