Supreme Court refuses to stay the removal of illegal slums in Chennai, one person commits self-immolation

Pankaj Prasad
Supreme Court, Chennai, removal of illegal slums in Chennai, Buckingham Canal, Govindasamy Nagar

After Kannaiyan's self-immolation, politics also started on this. In fact, officials had arrived at Govindasamy Nagar near Buckingham Canal in Chennai to remove illegal slums. In protest, Kannaiyan (60) committed self-immolation.

New Delhi: Supreme Court refuses to stay the decision to remove illegal slums in Chennai. In protest against the demolition of the slums, a person committed self-immolation. He died during treatment. But, the Supreme Court has refused to order a stay on the anti-encroachment drive.

Officers had arrived to remove the slums near the Buckingham Canal

After Kannaiyan's self-immolation, politics also started on this. In fact, officials had arrived at Govindasamy Nagar near Buckingham Canal in Chennai to remove illegal slums. In protest, Kannaiyan (60) committed self-immolation. The local people also scuffled with the officials. The encroachment removal campaign was stopped after the people started fighting.

CM gave Rs 10 lakh to the deceased

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin announced an assistance of Rs 10 lakh to the family of self-immolated Kannaiyan. Politics also started on this. The local people filed a petition in the Supreme Court demanding a stay on the administrative decision to remove the slums. On this, the court said that the officers cannot be expected to be restrained from taking action as per our orders.

Water Resources Department started sabotage action

A day before the hearing in the Supreme Court, the Water Resources Department had started the demolition action. Local people alleged that without following the rules set by the Tamil Nadu government, the officials of the Water Resources Department were taking action of sabotage.

people seeking to give a good place home

Those whose houses were being demolished had demanded that instead of giving them houses in Semenchery or Perumbakkam area, they should be given at some better place. People say that the place where they are being given land or house is far away from the city. Senior advocate Colin Gonsalves, appearing in the court on behalf of the slum dwellers, said in the court that where people are being asked to settle, there is a severe lack of basic facilities. Therefore, it should be heard immediately.

Supreme Court said this


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After hearing the arguments of Colin Gonsalves, Justice AM Khanwilkar said that the matter will be heard on Tuesday (10 May 2022). However, Justice Khanwilkar categorically refused to stay the action. Said that we are not stopping the action. We cannot expect that the authorities will not act as per our orders. At the same time, he said that if he feels that the intervention of the court is needed, then we will see.