Thiruvananthapuram: An inspection is progressing to find out whether there are more incidents of document forging to convert wetlands into residential plots. As part of the move, the files of the cases in which permission was granted for land levelling in the past one year were summoned to the Revenue Commissionerate. Also a special cell was formed in the Commissionerate for the inspection. The files are being inspected as directed by Revenue Minister E. Chandrasekharan.
A fake order in the name of Land Revenue Commissioner was issued granting permission for land levelling in Ernakulam. The role of officials in the commissionerate also is suspected. A chain of officials from Village Offices to Commissionerate and Collectorate is suspected to have involvement in this malpractice.
Land Revenue Commissioner U. V. Jose will monitor the inspection of files. He has lodged a complaint demanding police investigation into the case to find out those who forged the documents. The suspicions on involvement of officials started after signature and seal were used in the forge documents and the number of Revenue Commissionerate also was used.
Revenue minister E. Chandrasekharan told Mathrubhumi that a detailed vigilance probe into the issue is demanded. It is yet to be known whether documents are forged in more cases and the involvement of officials. The revenue department assumes that more similar cases are likely to exist which should be found out.