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Munnar encroachment case: HC rejects govt’s review petition

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Kochi: The High Court on Wednesday rejected the review petition filed by the state government seeking to recall its July 25 judgement on Munnar encroachments.

The government filed the petition against the high court rule in 2014 that the demolition of a number of buildings and resorts, and reclaiming of 'encroached' land, in Munnar following a special drive by the state government in 2007 was "illegal".

Rejecting the plea, the bench comprising Chief Justice Ashok Bhushan and A M Shaffique observed that the government was wrong in demolishing the structures.

In its 2014 order, the court had directed the State government to pay a provisional compensation of Rs.10 lakh to the Cloud9 Resorts whose 11 buildings at Chinnakkanal had been demolished as part of the Munnar eviction drive launched in 2007 by the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government.

In May 2007 the then chief minister V S Achuthanandan launched a drive to evict encroachers from government lands, especially Munnar. Around 11,350 acres of land was reportedly recovered and nearly 100 "illegal" buildings, including high-end resorts, were razed within a month of setting up a three-member task force handpicked by Achuthanandan, earning him the moniker 'demolition man'.

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