Alagiri moves Madras HC against Collector`s notice
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Last Updated: Thursday, September 15, 2011, 21:16
Madurai: Union Minister M K Alagiri has moved the Madras High Court bench here seeking quashing of a notice issued by the District Collector to him and other members of a trust seeking explanation on alleged violation of certain conditions in the construction of the building for an engineering college run by the trust.

Collector U Sagayam had issued the notice-cum-order to Alagiri and other members of M K Alagiri Educational Trust asking them to appear before him on September 16 and explain how some irrigation channels were blocked for construction of buildings for Dhaya Engineering College.

Others slapped with the notice include Alagiri's wife Kanthi Alagiri and son Dhayanidhi.

The charge against the college was that it had damaged two sluices and blocked the channels from Karisalkulam tank that irrigated 330 acres, making them barren.

A resident of Sivarakkottai village where the college is located alleged that irrigation channels had been encroached upon. He approached the High Court seeking to protect the irrigation channel and the tank and also sought for an interim order restraining Anna University from granting affiliation to the college during the pendency of the writ petition.

Challenging the order of the Collector on several grounds, Alagiri said, "The entire action taken against the petitioner is motivated, biased and based on malafide and political vendetta against the Board of Trustees.

"Since my wife, my son and I are the Board of Trustees of the Trust, the officials are trying to create a bad opinion in the minds of the general public. Also to derive a political mileage for the ruling party (AIADMK), the officials of Anna University, Madurai and the district officials are attempting to defame my name in the minds of the general public".

He submitted that the notice was issued by the District Collector without following due process of law and hence should be quashed.


First Published: Thursday, September 15, 2011, 21:16

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