Maradu: SC raps Govt, Chief Secy; seeks timeframe on demolition

Maradu: SC raps Govt, Chief Secy; seeks timeframe on demolition


The Supreme Court, refusing to budge on the Maradu flat demolition has asked the Kerala Government to submit a report by Friday on the time required to bring down the apartment complexes.

It was also critical of Chief Secretary Tom Jose, who appeared when he was summoned, on the issue for which it had fixed September 20 as the deadline. The matter came up when the Supreme Court took up the matter and went a step further to say that all the Coastal Regulation Zone(CRZ) norms violations in the State would have to be examined.

The court, which came down heavily on the State Government on its affidavit seeking time and failing to take appropriate action, said it would give a  detailed verdict in the case on Friday.

Justice Arun Mishra asked for the Chief Secretary and when he came forward, asked him when the demolition of the flat complexes would happen. On the State Government's claim of having to rebuild Kerala after the devastating flood in August 2018, the judge asked  on the number of lives lost and whether the project to build new houses for those who lost them had been completed.

Leading Supreme Court lawyer Harish Salve, appearing for the government, said the government would need more time for the demolition. The court asked him for a detailed report on Friday when the matter would be considered next.