‘She Doesn’t Have Brains’: CPM MLA Insults Woman IAS Officer For Stopping Illegal Construction in Kerala’s Munnar

CPI(M) MLA of Devikulam (Munnar) S Rajendran (Pic: Facebook)

The CPI(M) MLA from Kerala’s Munnar (Idukki district) has created controversy by verbally insulting a young woman IAS officer, Renu Raj.

He was recorded as saying that the IAS officer ‘lacked brains’, after she tried to stop the unauthorised construction of a shopping mall at Munnar Hill station, reports News 18.

The news came to the limelight when news channels reportedly aired visuals of Devikulam MLA S Rajendran making derogatory comments against the sub-collector Dr Renu Raj, saying that she ‘lacked brains’ and has no authority to intervene in construction as building rules come under the purview of Panchayats.

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“She (Renu Raj) doesn't have brains... she studied only to become a collector.. such people will have only so much brains. Should she not study the sketch, plans? A collector cannot intervene in a panchayat construction. This is a democratic country, and we as elected representatives should be heard," Rajendran was quoted saying in the report.

However, the sub-collector contended that she had issued a notice to the panchayat on 6 February asking it to stop illegal construction.

"I felt demoralised initially because I was doing my duty. But I have received support from my seniors, politicians, the public and the media. I will continue to do my duty," Renu Raj was quoted saying by News 18.

The four-storey under-construction building being built at a cost of Rs 1 crore did not have any permission, Raj said.

The Kerala High court in a 2010 verdict has mandated a “no objection certificate” for any new construction in Munnar.

Meanwhile, the Revenue Minister E Chandrasekharan has reportedly come out in support for the officer saying that "Understand that the action taken by the sub-collector is right and as per law. When she is taking action as per rules, we need to support her".

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