Govt mulling to recognise ‘Raveendaran Pattayams’ in Munnar
Thodupuzha: The government is gearing up to recognise the controversial land deeds in Munnar known as ‘Raveendaran Pattayams’. An order in this regard will be issued soon. The move is to recognise illegal constructions on the hill station.
‘Raveendaran Pattayams’ are a collection of 350 land deeds issued by M. I. Raveendran, Additional Tahsildar of Devikulam in 1999 when the E. K. Nayanar government was in power.
According to law, Tahsildar has the authority to grant land deeds and sign the documents. However, Additional Tahsildar M. I. Raveendran granted deeds for 4,251 hectares of land. The CPM offices in Munnar were constructed and are functioning on ‘Raveendarn Pattayam’ lands.
When V. S. Achuthanandan was the chief minister, a special team formed to check on encroachments in Munnar had found that ‘Raveendran Pattayams’ were fake and had initiated action. The removal of encroachments by the special team soon reached the CPM party offices in Munnar following which the government stopped the team’s function.
In 2013, the then UDF government investigated about the ‘Raveendran Pattayams’ but the subsequent LDF government did not allow for the submission of charge sheet.
In 1999, the then revenue minister K. E. Ismail was of the stance that ‘Raveendran Pattayams’ were not fake. However, when V. S. Achuthanandan was in power, the government submitted an affidavit in the court stating that the land deeds were fake. But the government later took a stance supporting ‘Raveendran Pattayams’ in courts.
The High Court had directed the government to find a solution for the problem. It is based on this directive that the government is now trying to recognise the fake land deeds.
It must be noted that the vigilance department had recovered thousands of land deeds carrying the fake signatures of Raveendran. There are several people in Munnar who encroached thousands of acres of land, created fake documents and claim that they are ‘Raveendran Pattayams’.
The concern is that the government move to recognise ‘Raveendran Pattayams’ will approve fake land deeds that claim to bear the signature of additional Tahsildar Raveendran.