HC summons Revenue Secretary, officials; seeks details on illegal structures
The Madras High Court has summoned the Revenue Secretary on Wednesday to explain steps taken by him for implementation of a series of orders passed by the court regarding unauthorised constructions spread across the State and the action initiated so far against government officials who delay demolition of illegal structures.
Justices M. Venugopal and S. Vaidyanathan said that they had been repeatedly insisting upon strict compliance with court orders. Yet, “it is unfortunate that no steps have been taken by the authorities... Though we are reluctant to direct the appearance of the officials, taking note of their lethargic attitude, we direct the appearance of Principal Secretary, Revenue Department.”
Since the case on hand was related to Tiruvallur district, the judges ordered that the Collector concerned as well as the Tahsildar of Ponnamallee taluk should also be present in the court along with the Revenue Secretary.