Chennai: The Madras High Court on Wednesday ordered
notice to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, the Chief
Secretary and Public Works Secretary on a PIL petition seeking
an interim injunction to prevent the Tamil Nadu Government
from shifting the state Secretariat and Assembly from the
complex built by previous DMK Government to Fort St George.
Petitioner G Krishnamurthy, an advocate, submitted that the
DMK government built the new assembly-cum-secretariat complex
in the Omandarur Government Estate off Anna Salai at a cost of
over Rs 1,000 crore.
He said media reports suggested that the new AIADMK
government was "adamant" on abandoning the new complex and
revert to the old complex at Fort St George.
The petitioner claimed the move to shift the
assembly-secretariat was not on the basis of any government
decision but due to the preference of AIADMK supremo
Jayalalithas and the leaders of the coalition that won
the recent Assembly elections.
When the matter came up hearing before the Bench of
Justices S Rajeswaran and KBK Vasuki, the petitioner contended
that the Chief Secretary and the Public Secretary were acting
"undemocratically" at the instance of the Chief Minister.
Responding to the PIL, Justice S Rajeswaran said no
government order had been passed with respect to shifting the
assembly-secretariat. "At this stage there is no question of
interference in the matter", he said.
However, the petitioner insisted that the court take up the
matter. A Navaneethakrishnan, the counsel for Jayalalithaa and
S Venkatesan, the counsel on behalf of the Chief Secretary and
the Public Works Secretary, took the notices.
The matter was posted for further hearing on June 15.