KERALA

Directive to enforce order on Mamamkam relics

KOCHI, OCT.11. A Division Bench has directed the Malappuram District Collector to ensure that the directions issued by the Director, Archaeology Department, prohibiting activities on the Mamamkam monument sites were implemented.

The Bench comprising the Chief Justice N.K. Sodhi and Justice A.K. Basheer issued the direction when a writ petition seeking to protect the ancient monuments associated with the Mamamkam came up for hearing. The petition filed by Mustapha of Kozhikode sought to declare the remnants of the Mamamkam as ancient monuments under the Ancient Monuments Preservation Act. The petitioner said that a tile factory building situated on the bank of the Nila had monuments associated with the Mamamkam. In an affidavit, the District Collector pointed out that he had received a communication from the Director, saying that the Archaeology Department had initiated steps for declaring the relics of the Mamamkam as historical monuments. In fact, the Department had already issued a direction to the District Collector for banning all construction and other activities on the sites, including the tile factory premises, where the monuments were situated. The Revenue Divisional Official had issued an order prohibiting all activities on the sites following the directions of the Archaeology Department.

Kiliroor sex scandal

A Bench comprising Justice K.S. Radhakrishan and Justice K. Thankappan has adjourned to October 13 the hearing on a writ petition filed by Jalajamma of Thiruvamkulam, near Thripunithura. Manoj one of the accused in the Kiliroor sex scandal, who is absconding, is Jalajamma's son. According to her, the police had been harassing her since the Kiliroor sex scandal was registered. The petition sought a direction to the police not to harass her.

Meanwhile, Justice R. Basant dismissed an anticipatory bail petition filed by Harikumar, a contractor who had built a house for Latha Nair, another accused who is absconding. He feared that he might be arrested. The prosecutor submitted that the police did not intend to arrest him for the time being.

Building Tax

A Bench has issued notice to the State Government and other respondents on a writ petition seeking a direction to the State Government and the Local Self-Government Institutions to impose taxes on buildings owned by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. and Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd. The petition was filed by the Aluva Municipal vice-chairman, V.P. George

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