HC’s interim stay on installation of MK’s statute

Chennai : The Madras High Court has restrained from making any arrangement for installing the statue of former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi at a public place in Tiruvannamalai. Since the Tiruvannamalai Collector did not file a sworn affidavit after consulting his subordinates and prayed for more time to do so as directed, a vacation bench of the Madras High Court on Thursday gave the direction. The bench of Justices S M Subramaniam and J Sathya Narayana Prasad granted the interim injunction when the PIL petition from G Karthick came up for further hearing.

The petition prayed for a direction to the authorities concerned to remove the encroachment in Vengikkal village in Tiruvannamalai district and its surrounding areas. It alleged that A Rajendran, who was owning a land measuring 92-1/2 sq. ft., in collusion with the government authorities, secured patta over and above the land owned by him. In the encroached portion, attempts were being made to put up the construction, which would cause greater inconvenience to the public at large.