The Madras High Court directed Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority and the Corporation to demolish an unauthorised building on Mount Road and Aziz Mulk Street, Thousand Lights, within two weeks.

The building was illegally built by Mumtaz Begam, and the court directed the civic bodies to pull it down “undoubtedly at her expenditure.”

In 1998, the Muslim Educational Society, Karaikal, leased the properties to the firm headed by Mumtaz. Violating the lease, she and her partners built a six-storied building on the land. After the Society initiated a suit, the authorities pulled down the building, but she reconstructed it.

Disposing the writ petition of the Society, the Bench said, “It is quite amazing to note that without getting any permission or approval from the authorities concerned, she had the audacity to go on with the construction, even though the structure was demolished once.” The Bench also imposed a fine of Rs. 1 lakh on her and asked the Bar Council to take action against her lawyer.

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