Kozhikode: The Kozhikode corporation has closed down a shop owned by Kerala Vyapari Vyavasayi Ekopana Samithi (KVVES) president T Naseeruddin for lacking a valid license.
The shop was being operated without a valid license for the last 30 years, the corporation said. However, Naseeruddin said that the shop was closed down in revenge to a complaint he had filed against health officers.
According to the corporation, the shop was working without a license for the last 30 years. Naseeruddin had decided not to renew the license citing a court ruling in 1990. The corporation had sent several notices to Naseeruddin in this regard.
While speaking at a public function, Naseeruddin had said that his shop did not have a license and other trades need not take a license. Following this, corporation officials held inspections at Naseeruddin’s shop. The officials also found that the court order stated by Naseeruddin to not take a license had become invalid after new Municipal act came into force in 1994.
“Following this, the officials issued another notice to Naseeruddin stating that it was illegal not to obtain a license for his shop. However, Naseeruddin did not reply to the notice. In this situation, the corporation closed down the shop,” said the corporation secretary.
Meanwhile, Naseeruddin said stood from on his stance that his shop did not require a license and hence he did not obtain one. He alleged that the shop was closed down in revenge to a complaint he had filed against health officers.