Late Kumarimuthu’s wife petitions HC for allotment of house

Chennai: The Madras High Court observed that mere granting of awards to honour persons for their contribution to an industry would not make sense, if no helping hand is extended to their kin.

Justice R Mahadevan made the observation on a petition by Punniavathi, wife of late comedian Kumarimuthu, seeking to restrain the authorities from evicting her from the house allotted to her husband, who was a Kalaimamani awardee.

The petitioner submitted that the Tamilnadu government had allotted a house in Nandanam here to Kumarimuthu under discretionary quota in 2001, honoring his contribution as comedian to the Tamil film industry.

However, after he died in 2016, the petitioner claimed that on 24 October 2016 the housing and urban development department authorities had issued a notice to her seeking an explanation as to why the allotment should not be cancelled since the original allottee has died.

Challenging the move, she moved the high court that had in 3 March 2017 directed the department to take a decision on her representation and restrained the authorities from disturbing her possession till a final decision is made.

On 27 June this year, the department had passed a final order directing the petitioner to vacate the premises claiming that they were going to demolish the existing building, following which she approached the court again.

Admitting her plea, the court asked the department to find out whether an alternative residence could be allotted to her in the department’s housing complex in Thirumangalam.

During the hearing, the judge observed that mere granting of awards in a paper, honouring persons for their contribution to an industry would not make sense, if no helping hand is extended to the family members of the honoured persons.