The minister in the affidavit said that the report submitted by the collector amounts to contempt of court and hence should be rejected.

Thomas Chandy moves HC against Collectors report in land encroachment case
news Controversy Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 09:41

Kerala Transport Minister Thomas Chandy filed an affidavit in the High Court on Tuesday against Alappuzha district collector TV Anupama for filing a report against him in the alleged land encroachment case.

He is accused of building a plush water resort in Alappuzha by encroaching on government land.

The minister in the affidavit said that the report submitted by the collector amounts to contempt of court and hence should be rejected. 

He questioned the report saying that it was filed when the case is still under consideration of the court.

"The report submitted to Revenue Secretary PH Kurian is a biased one. In the report, the collector demands action in a case which is under the consideration of the court. This will affect the conduct of the case,” the Minister said in the affidavit, reports Mathrubhumi Online.

TV Anupama submitted the report on land encroachment charges against the Minister, on Saturday, and it reportedly recommended action against him. 

It reportedly said that portions of Marthandam Lake in Alappuzha had been levelled for building the Lake Palace Resort for the Minister. 

It has also reportedly said that a paddy field had also been levelled to build a parking lot for the resort.

The report recommended action against the officials who had aided the Minister by violating the Kerala Paddy Land and Wetland Act, for building and paving a road for the resort.

The alleged land encroachment by the Minister representing Kuttanad constituency in Alappuzha, was exposed by Asianet News in August.

Though the Revenue Minister promised strong action based on the report, the government is yet to break its silence on.the issue. 

 

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