High Court seeks counter affidavit from LPA

The Madras High Court bench here has sought a counter affidavit from the Madurai Local Planning Authority (LPA) on a petition filed by a private company challenging the sealing of the multi-storied Big Bazaar outlet in Madurai. N.K.Ashok, deputy manager of Future Value Retail Limited, filed the writ petition at the court stating the building that was sealed was taken on lease by him on the assurance of Jeyam Velmurugan Associates, the owner of the building, that the Madurai City Municipal Corporation granted approval to the building plan in 2008.

On May 7, 2013, the LPA issued a notice to the petitioner asking him to vacate the building within 24 hours, he said. The petitioner claimed that he gave a request to the LPA seeking 30 days time to vacate the building, but the building was sealed on May 9.

The LPA had issued the impugned notice on May 7 without verifying with Jeyam Velmurugan Associates if they obtained approval to construct the building, the petitioner contended.

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