The Anti Land Grab Cell police have registered a case against P.K. Duraisamy, Managing Trustee, Eachanari Vinayagar Narpani Trust, to probe allegations of him grabbing the Eachanari Vinayagar Temple land.

According to sources, the police had included Ramakrishnan, a retired government official, Kasilingam, a sub registrar, as accused in the case and slapped charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery and use of forged document as genuine and others.

They said that when the Commissioner for Land Reforms set aside an appeal and returned in 1995 the temple land, measuring 1.80 acre, following the repeal of a land ceiling act, the accused got together and enabled Mr. Duraisamy take possession of the same and not the Trust by fudging a few records.

They should have done so in the trust’s name as the land was originally registered in favour of the Trust in 1983. Subsequently, Mr. Duraisamy and others, the sources said, built a wedding hall and enjoyed the benefits therefrom. They did not credit the benefits to the Trust account.

The issue came to the fore when the District Collector M. Karunagaran ordered the Coimbatore South Thasildar to probe the issue, following a petition he had received from the Chief Minister’s Grievance Cell. The probe revealed certain manipulations, which led the Collector to ask the police to register a case and start investigations.

He had also asked the officials of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department to investigate the issue and see if Mr. Duraisamy could be removed from the trusteeship.

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