M K Alagiri moved HC against rent hike by city corporation for shops

Vastavam web: Former Union minister M K Alagiri and 11 others have moved the Madras High Court, challenging a recent revision of rent by the city corporation for shops they had taken on lease at the main bus stand here.When the petitions came up for hearing today, Justice V Bharathidasan ordered issue of notice to the corporation and asked it to response by February 21.Alagiri, the Madurai-based son of DMK president M Karunanidhi, submitted that he had taken three shops on lease and was paying a rent of Rs 9,969 each for two shops and Rs 10,565 for the third.

Now, the rent has been increased to Rs 13,358 each for all the three shops.The counsel for other petitioners submitted that the corporation could have consulted the shopkeepers before increasing the rent.