Forgery case involving Salim Raj

The Kerala High Court on Tuesday directed the Revenue Principal Secretary and the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (VACB) to retain in their custody the records collected from the revenue offices in connection with the probe into the land grab cases in which Salim Raj, suspended gunman of the Chief Minister, was allegedly involved.

Justice Harun-Ul-Rashid issued the order when a petition filed by Shariffa and others seeking a CBI probe into the allegation of forgery and manipulation of revenue records to grab land from the petitioners came up for hearing.

The court had directed the Revenue Principal Secretary to conduct a comprehensive inquiry into the allegation.

It had also ordered that an inquiry be conducted into the role played by the Thrikkakara village officer, special village officer of Kanayannur taluk, new tahasildar and additional tahasildar of Fort Kochi, Salim Raj and his wife, Shamshad, who is working in the office of the Land Revenue Commissioner.

The petitioners alleged that Salim Raj and his wife had deprived them of their rights over their ancestral property at Thrikkakara. They had absolute title over the properties as evidenced by the authentic registered documents and Thandaper registers. The revenue officials in Ernakulam had deliberately overlooked the documents and falsely prepared a report against them. The accused had bribed the revenue officials to forge the documents for obtaining the title of the petitioners’ land.