Staff Reporter

Bench orders notice to Information and Tourism Department, Collector Bench orders notice to Tourism Department and Collector

MADURAI: The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court has stayed the implementation of a Government notification for acquiring a private school property at Tirunagar, near here, for establishing a memorial for Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar.

Admitting a writ petition moved by the school authorities, Justice K. Suguna granted an interim stay for a week and ordered notice to the Information and Tourism Department, the District Collector and other officials.

In his affidavit, G. Mohan, secretary of Indira Gandhi College for Women Committee of Madurai, said that the committee was also managing a higher secondary school. The Government, in June 2005, proposed to acquire a portion of the school land and buildings spread over 5035 square feet, claiming that Muthuramalinga Thevar had resided in the place during his last days.

Stiff opposition

Despite stiff opposition from the school officials to acquire the property, the Government went ahead with the proposal and published it in the Gazette on August 30 last.

The District Collector entrusted the work to the Tahsildar (South), who summoned the school officials on January 9 to decide the quantum of compensation.

The Government could not acquire the school property for building a memorial, the petitioner said and added that it was against the provisions of the Tamil Nadu Recognised Private Schools (Regulation) Act.