‘Eviction not delayed’

Special Correspondent

CPI office legal: Minister

Says party bought the land in 1959

It possesses another four cents

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Minister for Revenue K.P. Rajendran on Wednesday denied the allegation that his office had delayed Government decisions on cases of alleged encroachments by Abad Plaza and Dhanyasree resorts at Munnar.

At a press conference here, the Minister said that no file relating to the resorts had been shelved by his office. The cases were before the Principal Secretary (Revenue) for hearing. The hearing had been completed in the case of Abad Plaza and orders would be issued soon. The other case had been posted for hearing.

Mr. Rajendran denied that the office-cum-tourist home of the Communist Party of India at Munnar was constructed illegally. The party had purchased the land in 1959 in the name of its then State secretary, M.N. Govindan Nair, by paying Rs. 17,000. The party was also in possession of four cents of land adjacent to that property. An application for title on this “virippu” land was filed in the name of former Chief Minister and CPI State Secretary P.K. Vasudevan Nair in 1999. This was because all party properties were in the name of Mr. Nair. The Deputy Tahsildar M.I. Raveendran, who had issued the title deeds, had given title for 11 cents instead of four cents. Party leader P. Muthupandy had filed a written complaint about that as the party already had title for seven cents.

He parried questions on applying for the title on the ground that it was for agriculture and then building a resort there. There was no response to the allegation that the building was on the edge of a stream.

He said the Government had received complaints about encroachment by a retired Chief Secretary and other higher officials and political parties. A distinction was being made in the case of offices of the political parties as they served an important role in democracy.

30 suspended

At Munnar, 30 officials had been suspended. The Crime Branch had registered 15 cases. He would be visiting Munnar for three days to oversee the eviction proceedings. The department was facing staff shortage to handle the heavy work of verifying records.

Says party bought the land in 1959

It possesses another four cents

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