IDUKKI: Devikulam sub-collector Renu Raj has filed a written complaint with the Revenue Principal Secretary and District Collector against MLA S Rajendran for his derogatory remarks against her.
The sub-collector’s stop memo to the Munnar panchayat authorities regarding illegal construction on the banks of Muthirapuzha River in Munnar had irked the Devikulam MLA. “When the officers were sent to stop the construction activity, the MLA used derogatory language while mentioning me,” she said.
Meanwhile, Rajendran, who admitted the allegations, told Express, “I had come to the circumstance of using such words about the IAS officer because she had responded to me in the same way when I called her on the phone to discuss the issue. Hence I believe there doesn’t exist any need for tendering an apology to her.”
Rajendran said he would also file a petition with the Speaker against Renu. He claimed the revenue authorities have no right in interfering in the projects being implemented by the panchayat authorities. “If they had to issue stop memo, it could have been done after seeking an explanation from them. It is unfair to issue stop memo when the construction work is almost over,” he said.
Sub-Collector Renu Raj will submit a report to the High Court against the panchayat authorities on Monday for continuing construction despite the stop memo. Renu told the media she would file an affidavit with the High Court to take action against the authorities for not paying heed to the order.
“The authorities took up construction work on the banks of the river without NOC and permission from the Irrigation Department, as per the order issued by the High Court in 2010. Even after receiving the order, they continued the work, which is against the law,” she said.
Renu also said she will request the court to take immediate action on the issue. “Unless action is taken, I can’t continue my work,” she said. “I will also inform the authorities about the lukewarm response of the police in taking action against encroachers. Although I had given instructions to them, including the Munnar DySP, they were of the stand that they can’t interfere in the issue between departments,” she said.
CPM district secretary K K Jayachandran on Sunday said party-level action will be taken against Rajendran for spoiling its name by unnecessarily interfering in the issues of a panchayat governed by the UDF.
“The comments made by Rajendran will negatively affect the CPM in the upcoming election. He has got involved in the issue without informing the party. I’ve asked for explanation from him,” said Jayachandran.