CHENNAI: The Madras High Court has directed Muthupettai Town Panchayat in Tiruvarur district to demolish a building constructed to offer ‘namaz’ and run a madrasa, in violation of planning permission.
If no action is taken, necessary disciplinary action should be taken against those responsible for not taking steps to demolish the building. The judge made the observations while dismissing a writ petition. The panchayat submitted that the petitioners in their individual capacity and not as representing the jamath, submitted application to construct ground and first floor.
Following complaints, the executive officer of panchayat visited the place and found that the construction was designed to offer ‘namaz’ and run madrasa and hence the present order was passed. The judge said it has been categorically stated in the ‘stop work’ notice that the planning permission was obtained for construction of residential house and not for any jamath/prayer hall and hence construction of prayer hall was not permissible, the judge added. ENS