Idukki: Revenue Minister E Chandrasekharan ordered a probe into the encroachment of public land worth Rs 30 crore at Chinnakanal. Mathrubhumi News has published the news on the land encroachment and revealed the links between estate mafia and officials here.
Jimmi Scaria, member of Vellikunnil family, who are involved in land encroachment in Pappathichola sold 12 acres of public land at Chinnakanal to a Mumbai-based company. It was found that fake patta (pattayam) was used to sell the land. As revenue department objected to the mutation of property, the company Apotheosis Infrastructure Private limited approached the High Court. The court pronounced a verdict in favour of the company as the government failed to prove the land ownership.
Earlier also, the High Court issued a verdict in favour of a real estate company based in Mumbai. But the investigation by Mathrubhumi News revealed that lapses from the revenue officials led to the encroachment of public land. Land revenue deputy collector also sought a report regarding this justifying the revelation on land encroachment.
Officials including Udumbanchola Tahsildar helped real estate mafia to grab the public land in 2007.
Mathrubhumi News has revealed the evidence against the officials who are involved in the land scam. Following this, revenue minister ordered a probe into the scam.