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NGT allows Rajeev Chandrasekhar to implead in Munnar land grab case

Vinson Kurian Thiruvananthapuram | Updated on January 12, 2018

Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Rajya Sabha MP and Vice-Chairman, NDA, Kerala. (file photo)

The Chennai Bench of the National Green Tribunal has accepted a petition filed by Rajeev Chandrasekhar for impleadment in the Munnar land grab case.

Rajeev Chandrasekhar is a member of the Rajya Sabha and Vice-Chairman of the Kerala unit of the NDA.

Next hearing

The Tribunal granted him the liberty to file detailed affidavit before the next date of hearing on August 7.

It has issued directions to the Secretary, Munnar Grama Panchayat, to submit the list of NOCs/building permissions granted since 2010.

It also directed that no further construction permits will be granted by any grama panchayat without prior consent from the Revenue Department.

The Tribunal also directed the State Government to ensure that no unauthorised cutting of trees is carried out in the Cardamom Hill Reserve (CHR).

‘Real battle’

Chandrasekhar said that the real battle to save Munnar has begun. “We will use law to hold the Kerala Chief Minister, his government and encroachers to account.”

“The Chief Minister, his Cabinet colleagues, the local MLA and MP, other elected representatives and assorted politicians from the ruling Left Democratic Front and Opposition United Democratic Front UDF have united to intimidate officials concerned and use fowl, abusive language to demoralise them, directly and indirectly,” he said. It’s time to end this game, he added.

Published on May 31, 2017

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