Devikulam sub-collector Renu Raj submitted report on illegal construction to additional AG


KOCHI: Devikulam sub-collector Renu Raj on Monday submitted the report to the Additional Advocate- General (AG) regarding the illegal construction carried out by Munnar panchayat. 


The report stated that the Munnar panchayat secretary had violated the High Court order and also urged the contempt of court action should be initiated against him.

The Kerala High court had said in a 2010 verdict, a 'No Objection' certificate has to be obtained for any new construction in Munnar.

The report also said that the construction work violated the stop memo and it was being held by the support of Devikulam MLA, S. Rajendran.

“The special village officer and other teams, who went to inspect the unauthorised construction were insulted by the contractor and the panchayat members," the letter to the AG pointed out.

The Munnar panchayat had built a women's industrial centre at the old Munnar riverside without getting a no-objection certificate from the government.

Earlier, the Munnar village officer Ayoob Khan had issued a stop memo. Even though, the officials did not stop the work.

"We have given a report to the Advocate General regarding the unauthorised construction done by the Munnar Panchayat and AG promised that he would submit the report”, Renu Raj told to the reporters after the meeting With AG.

“Further action on initiating contempt of court procedures against the Munnar Panchayat Secretary for violation of the court order would be taken as per the court's directions”, she added.

Earlier, the revenue officials were blocked by a group of protesters led by Devikulam MLA, S. Rajendran, who insulted the sub-collector in front of the public.

Renu Raj also submitted a report to the Revenue Principal Secretary Dr V. Veni and Chief Secretary Tom Jose against the MLA for his defamatory remarks against her.

On Sunday, MLA Rajendran had courted controversy after he publicly insulted the woman IAS officer, saying she ‘lacked brains’.

"She doesn't have brains and studied only to become a collector. She didn’t study to draw the plans. So, a collector cannot intervene in a panchayat construction," the MLA had said after revenue officials tried to stop the construction.

Renu Raj was appointed as the Devikulam sub-collector in November last year and issued a stop memo to the Munnar panchayat on February 6 against illegal construction.



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