HC Issues Notices to Govt, Panchayat

The Court had earlier directed to provide police protection for running the Vilappilsala treatment plant peacefully with

Published: 22nd February 2012 12:21 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 06:01 PM   |  A+A-

KOCHI: The Kerala High Court on Tuesday issued notices to the State Government and the Vilappil Panchayat on a contempt petition filed by the Thiruvananthapuram Corporation with regard to the solid waste treatment plant.

 A Division Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice P R Ramachandra Menon issued the notices on a petition filed by Thiruvananthapuram Corporation against Vilappil Panchayat for deliberately violating Court orders.

 The Court had earlier directed to provide police protection for running the Vilappilsala treatment plant peacefully without any obstruction by the panchayat and had asked to open the lock of the gates of the plant with the assistance of police so as to allow entry of garbage vehicles into the plant.

 However, the petitioner submitted that panchayat president Shobhana Kumari along with the agitators organised a protest and blocked the movement of garbage trucks into the plant. “They had taken law into their hands along with others and created law and order situation at the factory site. Janakeeya Samithi president Burhanudeen and secretary Beneckson committed Civil Contempt under Section 2(b) of the Contempt of Courts Act and should be punished,” the petitioner said.

 On the basis of the Court order, two loads of municipal solid waste were brought to the plant site for processing and treatment. When the lorries reached near the site, the panchayat and the protestors blocked the vehicles, the petition pointed out.


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