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Updated: February 9, 2010 21:00 IST

Cases against all encroachers in Munnar: Kodiyeri

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A file photo of Kodiyeri Balakrishnan
THE HINDU A file photo of Kodiyeri Balakrishnan

The State Government is committed to evicting all encroachers from the Munnar Hill Station, as police cases would be registered against all encroachers, including the Tata Group, Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said.

Speaking to reporters after inaugurating a new block, conference hall and restroom for the Mavelikara Sub-Jail here on Tuesday, Mr. Balakrishnan said Inspector General of Police (Ernakulam Range) B. Sandhya had visited Munnar as per directions from the Government.

Police would register cases against all encroachers, and none, including the Tata Group, would be spared, he said, adding that however, all the details of the progress in the issue could not be shared with the media.

Earlier, addressing a gathering after a visit to the Mavelikara Bar Association, the Home Minister said the State Government was actively considering setting up of evening courts. A family court in Mavelikara and a new department, the Administration of Justice department, were also in active consideration given the huge number of pending court cases, he said.

Pointing out that there were about 16 lakh pending cases in courts across the State, Mr. Balakrishnan said 14 lakh cases were being settled every year. However, the number of courts and related infrastructure remained the same though the number of cases continued to rise, which was why a new department for administration of justice was in the pipeline.

There were also plans for village courts, as per the Centre’s Gram Nyayalaya scheme, he added.

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