Kapico resort | Photo: Mathrubhumi News
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has decided to drop contempt proceedings against the Kerala Chief Secretary VP Joy over razing illegally constructed villas of Kapico Resorts in Alappuzha.
The apex court decided to drop contempt proceedings after examining an affidavit filed by the Kerala Government detailing progress made in the demolition of the resort.
Earlier, the government informed Supreme Court that they demolished 54 cottages in the resorts.
However, the petitioner approached the Supreme Court complaining that the government refrained from demolishing the main building of the resort. In the affidavit filed, the government informed that the demolition of the building is ongoing. Standing counsel, who appeared for Chief Secretary, also pointed this out during the hearing on Monday.
Satisfied by the government's efforts, the court has decided to drop contempt proceedings against the Kerala Chief Secretary.
Meanwhile, the lawyers representing the fisherman community in Alappuzha argued that unscientific modes of demolition and the absence of an environmental study could impact Vembanad lake and its habitat. The lawyers also informed that a case is currently pending in Green Tribunal concerning the same. However, the court refused to intervene in the matter.
The demolition of the luxury resort started on September 2022, 32 months after the apex court ordered the razing of the buildings constructed here by violating coastal and environmental regulations.