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Sub-collector to approach court against MLA
By AM Abdussalam February 11, 2019
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KOCHI: Land encroachment has landed ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) in trouble once again with the Devikulam sub-collector deciding to approach court against party MLA S. Rajendran, who publicly reprimanded the former for taking steps against unauthorised construction in Munnar in Idukki district.

The officer has promised to submit a report before the Kerala High Court against the local legislator and other leaders who prevented a revenue department team from discharging their duty.

Sub collector called up revenue principal secretary and district Collector via phone to register her complaint. A detailed complaint including the video will be lodged on Monday.

The revenue team had gone to the old Munnar area on Friday to stop the construction of a women’s industrial centre by the side of Muthirappuzhayar River. The construction of the centre, using panchyat funds, did not have the approval of district Collector, as required by a High Court order of 2010.

The centre is allegedly built on encroached land. A report will be submitted in the high court against the Munnar panchayat secretary for continuing construction after receiving stop memo which adds to contempt of court.

A group of people led by S. Rajendran, the Devikulam MLA, offered resistance while the revenue team tried to stop the construction. Rajendran also made defamatory remarks against sub-collector Renu Raj.

Rajendran had said that the sub collector Renu Raj who gave stop memo for the construction is not intelligent and was trying to block them because she has IAS.

“The panchayat department has the building rules. She doesn’t have any right to interfere. A private case has to be filed against her and police demanding compensation. What if she asks NOC for tarring the road in Munnar? This is a democratic country. Then, why she is reluctant to obey the people’s representatives,” Rajendran said, according to some reports.

Later talking to media persons, Rajendran denied making insulting remarks against sub-collector. He alleged that she told him to get lost when asked about the stop memo. Later he offered apologies to the sub-collector, if his ‘words caused her pain.’

Responding to queries by media persons, CPIM district secretary KK Jayachandran said his party would seek an explanation from Rajendran over the issue. Jayachandran informed that the party cannot accept misbehaviour and will examine if the MLA talked improperly.

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