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Madurai: The Madras high court on Wednesday sought a response from the state on a plea which sought to strictly implement an earlier order pertaining to setting up vigilance booths and CCTV cameras in Madurai Corporation.

A division bench of justice R Mahadevan and justice J Sathya Narayana Prasad sought the response while hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) pettition filed by S S Jagadeesh, a retired tahsildar from Madurai district.

The petitioner alleged that corruption has been rampant in Madurai Corporation for the past several years. He claimed that the authorities are demanding bribes from the public, even for basic works such as plan approval, name transfer of property tax, taxation for new buildings, connection for new pipeline and underground sewerage.

In 2019, a single bench of the high court took a serious view pertaining to corruption and issued a series of directions including to set up vigilance booths in the front desk of all corporation offices and to install CCTV cameras enabling the people to provide information and to submit complaints in respect of illegalities or irregularities and corrupt activities in the corporation.

The petitioner stated that the earlier directions issued by the single bench have not been implemented even after three years. He stated that the authorities should implement the order in order to ensure that better services are provided to the residents of Madurai city. Though he had submitted a petition to the authorities, the same was not considered. Hence, the petitioner moved the HC Madurai bench seeking relief.


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