Kerala

Commotion in Houseover land grab issue

The issue of land grab cases against Joyce George, MP, and the Revenue Minister’s categorical statement that Mr. George is not an encroacher led to commotion in the House on Wednesday, with the Opposition accusing the government of lying and protecting land-grabbers.

During question hour, it was V.D. Satheeshan who asked pointedly whether it was the government’s policy to turn a blind eye to encroachments by big guns. He said it was the Revenue Minister himself who had disowned the Devikulam Subcollector by declaring openly that there was no land grab.

Revenue Minister E. Chandrasekharan said that he stood by what he had said that Mr. George had not committed any land grab and that the land in his possession was inherited property, which may have been bought up by someone in the previous generations.

Both the ruling benches and the Opposition were up in arms when P.T. Thomas termed the Minister’s reply as totally irresponsible and asked him if he was denying the fact that the Subcollector had found the title deed of the land held by the MP and his family as fraudulent and had cancelled it.

Mr. Chandrasekharan maintained that the MP himself had not committed any encroachment. When the case was before the High Court, there was no need for the Opposition to find new twists to the issue.

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