Madurai: Wondering whether the High Court could interfere in the Mullaperiyar Dam issue when the Supreme Court is already looking into the matter, the Medurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Monday advised the Tamil Nadu PWD Senior Engineers Association not to sensationalize the matter unnecessary.

Asking the petitioner to approach the Supreme Court directly, a Division Bench of Justice Chitra Venkatraman and Justice Karuppiah said it was the duty of the government to protect the rights of the people.

The bench was hearing a petition filed by the Association Vice-President R V S Vijayakumar seeking a direction to remove illegal encroachments in the Mullaiperiyar dam area.

"The case is pending in Supreme court. We cannot presume there is encroachment. We don't see the need to superimpose on the matter. We cannot interfere in the matter pending before the Supreme Court", the court held.

However, the case has been posted for further hearing next week as the petitioner submitted that senior counsel would be appearing.

The Kerala Government advocate said the empowered committee appointed by the Apex Court was looking into all the issues. It was contended that the writ petition was not maintainable as the dam was under Kerala High court jurisdiction, and the Apex Court was seized of the matter.

(Agencies)