Delhi residents complain against Perumal

The Delhi High Court directed the Centre to respond to the plea of some residents, who alleged that the security guards of former Chief Minister Annamalai Varadaraja Perumal of Sri Lankan state Jafna, who is in exile in India, is creating a nuisance for citizens and have encroached a park in the area.

A bench comprising Acting Chief Justice AK Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw issued notices to the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Delhi Government and the MCD to file replies to the petition filed by Sarvodaya Enclave Welfare Association.

The PIL, filed through lawyer Vikas Padora, sought direction to the Centre and others to remove illegal encroachments and public nuisance created by Perumal and his security guards in park of D-Block Sarvodaya Enclave, New Delhi.

The petitioners also sought to relocate Perumal and his security guards to some other appropriate place so that they can camp there legally without encroaching upon public parks.

The petitioner alleged that Perumal, who was the chief minister of Jafna during 1988-1990, is living at Sarvodaya Enclave and has about 20 to 25 security guards. Perumal, a member of Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF), came to India due to Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam’s (LTTE) threat to his life, it said.

The PIL said due to fact that security guards have erected tents and other structures in the park where they wine and dine, no citizens is allowed to use the area on security concerns, the petitioners alleged and sought court’s orders to get them vacated from there so that the public can use the area. (UNI)