Justices M Sathyanarayanan and P Rajamanickam permitted the petitioner along with two others and the college principal to carry out a join inspection on the campus by following the necessary Covid-19 protocol and asked them to submit a report in this regard. Since the status report submitted by the principal had not dealt with the previous queries put forth by the court

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Construction on college ground: Court seeks report
TNN | Oct 1, 2020, 04:31 IST
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Madurai: In a plea, which sought not to construct buildings on the playground of Periyar EVR College in Trichy district, Madras high court on Wednesday permitted the petitioner and college principal to carry out a joint inspection and submit a report.
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The court was hearing a public interest litigation filed by R Senthil Rajan who is the secretary of the old students’ association of the college. The petitioner stated that Periyar who is a well-known social reformer, had donated 9.65 acres of land and Rs.3.5 lakh for starting the college and it was inaugurated by former chief minister M Bhakthavatchalam in 1965. The petitioner stated that at present, the college campus is expanded to 52.62 acres and the college not only excels in education, but also in sports.
The grievance of the petitioner is that under the grab of constructing offices of controller of examination and other offices, huge pits are dug on the playground where volleyball, badminton and basketball courts are situated. He sought not to put up construction on the playground. Pursuant to the earlier order, the principal of the college submitted a status report in response to the queries put forth by the court with regard to the extent of the college campus, buildings constructed, and plan of new buildings and feasibility of constructions on the campus. DMK Rajya Sabha MP Trichy Siva who is an alumnus of the college also filed an impleading petition expressing his sentiments about the college and the playground and sought not to allow constructions on the playground.
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Taking into consideration the sentiments expressed by the alumnus, a division bench of Justices M Sathyanarayanan and P Rajamanickam permitted the petitioner along with two others and the college principal to carry out a join inspection on the campus by following the necessary Covid-19 protocol and asked them to submit a report in this regard. Since the status report submitted by the principal had not dealt with the previous queries put forth by the court in the previous order, the judges directed the principal to submit another status report responding to these queries. The judges observed that the status report submitted by the principal should also have details about the encroachments on the college campus and steps taken for its removal.

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