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Thiruvananthapuram: Although the Revenue Department has started confiscating properties of the Popular Front of India (PFI) office bearers, the families will not be immediately evicted from their houses.
A few days back, the state government started seizing properties owned by PFI office bearers to recover losses caused during a hartal observed by the banned outfit last year. The properties are seized as per Section 36 of the Kerala Revenue Recovery Act by issuing recovery notices. Later, once the value of houses and lands are determined, the properties will be auctioned.
Kerala Revenue Recovery Act, 1968, empowers the District Collector to recover the Government dues as noticed in the Act from the defaulter residing in the district having property. At the same time, sections 7 and 34 mandate the issuance of a demand notice to the owner prior to the recovery process. However, in this case, Kerala High Court ruled that officials need not issue this notice.
Meanwhile, the government has so far recovered 208 assets owned by PFI office bearers in the state. In Malappuram, 89 properties were seized, followed by 23 properties in Kozhikode, 16 properties in Thrissur, 14 properties in Wayanad, nine properties in Kannur, six properties in Idukki, five properties in Kottayam and Thiruvananthapuram, three properties in Kasaragod, two properties in Pathanamthitta, and one property in Kollam.
The details regarding the recovery process will be informed in the high court on Monday.