CHENNAI: Madras High Court today directed the city corporation to inspect a land allegedly encroached by an AIADMK councillor, nominated as the ruling party's candidate in the May 16 Assembly elections, and take necessary action if the charge was found to be true.
Passing orders on a PIL, a bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice M M Sundresh ordered the Commissioner of the corporation to carry out the inspection of the land in Neelankarai Kuppam here.
If any encroachment was found, action should be taken forthwith in accordance with law, it said adding the exercise should be completed within one month.
The bench made it clear that officials in the guise of election should not delay taking action in the matter.
Petitioner S Ponkumar of Neelankarai, working in a private concern as a daily wages worker, alleged that Neelankarai councillor M C Munusamy had encroached upon a land of 72 sq.ft where a Radio/TV room of the corporation was located once.
He submitted that Munusamy, also the Chairman of Zone No 15, allegedly constructed a car shed on the land.
He prayed the Court to direct the authorities concerned to clear the 'encroachment' and handover vacant land for public purpose.
Munusamy has been fielded by AIADMK from the Velacherry constituency in the city for the assembly elections.