KERALA

`Probe violation of court directive'

KOCHI, JULY 24. The Leader of the Opposition, V.S. Achuthanandan, has demanded that an Assembly committee inquire into the violation of the High Court verdict by the Kalady Plantation Corporation, which has allowed fresh vanilla farming in its plantations. He was addressing mediapersons at Athirapilly Guest House today after visiting two oil palm plantations at Vettilappara and Pillappara, where vanilla is being cultivated as an intermittent crop.

The High Court had proscribed the Plantation Corporation from allowing its leased lands for new vanilla cultivation. Mr. Achuthanandan had earlier visited the plantations in November. Mr. Achuthanandan alleged that seven contractors who had taken the plantations on sub-lease were hoodwinking the people by colluding not only with the Plantation Corporation but also with the Government.

He said that he would inform the Chief Minister, A.K. Antony, and other MLAs of the illegal plantations.

The launch of any agitation against this unlawful practice would depend on the Government policy, he said.

The Leader of the Opposition pointed out that the contractors were threatening 40 families, who were living on the fringes of these plantations.

He also charged the Athirapilly panchayat with playing to the tunes of the contractors.

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