The High court had dismissed the plea of V Krishnamurthy, honorary secretary of the society when he appealed for the land.
AIADMK came in power in 1991, till that time, society's plea was pending. The state government didn't take any action till 1996. In 1998, the court ordered a status quo and AIADMK withdrew the appeal in 2004.
DMK won the election and again came in power in 1996. The party filed an appeal in High court for the land. High court ordered to take over the land but Horticulture society went to the supreme court.
District collector took over the land after it was ordered that the government could use the land for horticulture development. A Semmozhi Poonga was set up on that particular land. High court sent a notice to the society to vacate the premises following which Krishnamurthy again moved the High court.
Karunanidhi, DMK chief was quoted as saying, “Succumbing to political influence, the collector ordered on August 22 that the land belonged to the society. The land records for the past 100 years testified that the land is owned by the State. In the court battles, it was never said that the land belonged to the society. The AIADMK has given it on a platter to Krishnamurthy. Only these people claim that they will be giving a graft-free administration."