HC stays construction of unauthorised building in Munnar

The Kerala High Court on Wednesday stayed the construction of an unauthorised building at Munnar in Idukki district, over which a local MLA had publicly slandered a woman sub-collector for issuing a stop memo notice.

The division bench, headed by the Chief Justice Hrishikesh Roy, gave the interim stay on a plea filed by former Munnar panchayat president and CPI leader M.Y Ousepp.

The bench said it was clear that there was no permission for construction of the building.

The high court also noted that the panchayat had ignored the stop memo issued by the revenue department.

The construction has already stirred up a controversy after local MLA S. Rajendran publicly slandered Devikulam Sub-collector Renu Raj on Sunday for issuing the stop memo against the construction.

The government counsel also submitted that the construction continued even after a stop memo was issued by the sub-collector.

The petitioner's counsel pointed out that the construction was going on at the stretch of land given for parking site.