Land grab case in which police constable Salim Raj is allegedly involved

The State Police Chief on Wednesday informed the Kerala High Court that he had initiated timely action on getting a complaint regarding a land grab case in which charges were levelled against Salim Raj, former gunman of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.

In an affidavit, State Police Chief K.S. Balasubramanian said he had forwarded the complaint to the Principal Secretary, Home, for conducting a Vigilance inquiry as it clearly indicated the criminal misconduct of government servants, including revenue officials, under the Prevention of Corruption Act and offences under the Indian Penal Code.

The affidavit pointed out that in the complaint, Sheriffa of Kochi had alleged that her neighbours were trying to dispossess her of her land and houses and other buildings located at Thrikkakara north village in Ernakulam.


It alleged that one K.H. Abdul Salam and others had criminally hatched a conspiracy along with the revenue officials, including the village officer of Thrikkakara north, District Collector and the Land Revenue Commissioner, and “the Government of Kerala” to illegally take over her property worth Rs.25 crore.

The State Police Chief had drawn flak from the court for forwarding the complaint to the State government immediately. The court also orally wondered why he was afraid of a police constable Salim Raj.

According to the petition filed before the High Court, the petitioner had alleged the involvement of Salim Raj in the case.

Mr. Balasubramanian also said the complaint received by Leader of the Opposition V.S. Achuthanandan in this regard had contained several imputations against the revenue officials. Therefore, it was for the government to take action for vigilance inquiry. So, he had forwarded the complaint to the government.

He also submitted that the complaint was also forwarded to the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Kochi, for inquiry and necessary action. Later, a case had been registered on the basis of the complaint.

The Assistant Commissioner of Police, Thrikkakara, had been directed to take over the investigation. The verification of the records produced by the petitioner and also the revenue records was on.

A detailed probe was necessary to find out the exact fact regarding the allegations, the police chief said.

The hearing in the case was adjourned to October 18.

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