Govt cancels controversial `Thandaper' in Kadakampally land grab case
Thiruvananthapuram: The government cancelled the controversial 'Thandaper' in which the Kadakampally land grab had taken place. The fake Thandaper `3587’ used for grabbing the land was cancelled by the government.
The CBI and the Revenue department had found in the probe that inorder to grab 44 acres of land in Kadakampally village, a fake Thandaper `3587’ was used. Though the CBI had wanted the `Thandaper’ to be annulled during the previous government itself, it was not done. Following this, as many as 100 families were unable to pay their taxes. With the abolition of the fake name, the villagers could pay their taxes now.
The land belonged to Salim Raj, the former gunman to former Chief minister Oommen Chandy, and his family members. The accused had also submitted this `Thandaper’ to the court. The abolition of this may prove a major setback to those involved in it.
Thiruvananthapuram collector S Venkateshapathy cancelled the forged name.
The case pertains to the accused trying to grab 45.50 acres of land that belonged to 170 people in Kadakampally, with the help of officials and by using forged documents.
The CBI has found that a fraud of Rs 14 crore was committed in the Kadakampally land deal. The investigation also found that Rs 60 crore was spent to change the 'Thandaper' of the land. Ten persons including Salim Raj were arrested and were released on bail.