Kerala to expedite process to attach properties of PFI leaders

Broken windshield of a KSRTC bus after some miscreants threw stones on it, during the 'hartal' called by PFI on Sept 23, 2022 | Photo: PTI

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala government has decided to expedite the process to seize properties of leaders of Popular Front of India for causing damages during the hartal announced against the raids by National Investigation Agency last year.

Two days ago, the division bench had directed the government to speed up the measures. It was told that there was no need to give prior notice to attach properties in this case. The government has also been asked to file a report by Monday.

The collectors have prepared a list of properties owned by the leaders of the banned organisation. The search for more undiscovered properties is underway.

The High Court, on September 30, ordered office-bearers of PFI to deposit Rs 5.2 crore within two weeks towards public damages caused by the violence that erupted during the illegal "flash hartal" conducted by PFI on September 23. Later, the high court directed the state government to confiscate the properties to recover the losses.

Earlier, the additional chief secretary of the state assured in writing that the recovery of damages worth Rs 5.2 crore would be completed by January 15. However, this was not adhered to.

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