CHENNAI: A city civil court has directed the Madras Medical College dean to settle dues worth 23 lakh to a contractor who was running the mess at the MMC post graduates hostel.
The contractor, K Srinivasan of Arumbakkam, in his petition stated that he entered into an agreement with the institution in June 2008 to run the mess. His contract was renewed every year and he ran the mess until 2016.
Subsequently, a fresh tender was issued and the petitioner had moved the Madras high court against it. The act of the authorities spoiled the goodwill and reputation the petitioner had earned among the students, the petition stated and citing various heads, sought dues of 41 lakh.
In response, the authorities submitted that the petitioner and his son had attacked students for complaining about non-availability of food during dining hours and had indulged in unauthorized sale of food to outsiders. After perusing all submissions and documents, additional sessions judge, S T Lakshmi Ramesh held that the contractor be paid 23 lakh dues alone and not the claims towards vessels, groceries and other compensation.