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TN govt opposes unbridled access for Stalin to water bodies

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

The state cannot be restrained from preventing working president from visiting water bodies in any part of to take part in his party's desilting drive, as such a relief may lead to breach of and order, the Salem District Collector submitted in the Madras High today.

The district authority submitted this in a counter affidavit filed in response to a by the

The DMK's wanted the high to restrain the state from preventing Stalin from visiting any part of to inspect water bodies.

The main opposition party filed this after Stalin was detained in Coimbatore by police last month en route to Salem to visit the Kacharayanpalayam tank and also to participate in a human chain protest on the issue of all-medical entrance examination NEET.

In his petition, the district collector opposed the relief sought by the in the absence of infringement of the leader's fundamental right. The district collector said such a relief may lead to breach of and order.

The government's top district authority said public interest was of paramount importance and no private interest of the parties with "vested intentions" could be encouraged when it posed threat to harmony.

It may be recalled that the had launched the 'Kudimaramathu scheme' to desilt water bodies months ago in the state.

Also, the DMK has started desilting water bodies in the state alleging inaction on the part of the state government.

Against this background, the collector in his petition said the DMK was trying to "hijack" a state government scheme to desilt water bodies and create problems.

The case has been posted for further hearing tomorrow.

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First Published: Mon, August 07 2017. 23:32 IST