Thiruvananthapuram: CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said the party would take disciplinary action against state MLA S Rajendran for his derogatory remarks against Devikulam sub-collector Renu Raj.

Balakrishnan also alleged that Rajendran’s action was very immature. Meanwhile, the Kerala high court bench chaired by Chief Justice had stayed the construction of the panchayat building in Munnar where Renu Raj was abused by the MLA while she was examining the site.

The decision for disciplinary action was taken based on the petition filed by CPI leader Ouseph. The government had also submitted a petition against MLA S Rajendran, former panchayat secretary Madhusoodanan Unnithan, Munnar panchayat president Karuppaswami, Idukki district panchayat member Vijayakumar and contractor Chikku.

Chairman of Kerala administrative reforms commission, VS Achuthanandan, also criticised Rajendran for his derogatory comments against Renu Raj. "Abusing women is very much against the party's principles," he said.

Earlier, Renu Raj handed over the report to the Advocate General, which, later was submitted in the court in connection with the encroachment in Munnar panchayat. The sub collector's report mentioned that blocking illegal construction is a violation of the court and that the construction should be viewed as contempt of court.

Devikulam sub-collector Renu Raj’s affidavit was submitted along with a petition. The contempt of court case will be considered with other petitions.

Renu Raj has also submitted a report to the revenue principal secretary V Veni and chief secretary Tom Jose against the MLA for not allowing to do her duty.

CPI(M) had also sought an explanation from the MLA for insulting the sub-collector. CPI(M) district secretary KK Jayachandran informed that the party cannot accept misbehaviour and will examine if the MLA talked improperly. He also said that the party would not intervene in legal matters including encroachment of land.

CPI district secretary KK Sivaraman also said that they could not accept the act of supporting illegal construction. "The words used by the MLA was not appropriate for his position. He challenged the panchayat act," Sivaraman alleged.