Land filling in Kunnathunad: Revenue Minister’s intervention not legal, says AG
Thiruvananthapuram: Revenue Minister E Chandrasekharan received a setback in the Kunnathunad land filling issue with the Advocate General informing Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan that the revenue minister’s intervention was not legal.
The legal advice also states that the revenue secretary’s order cancelling the stop memo will remain valid. The legal advice comes out at a time when the Opposition is alleging that the CM’s office had unlawfully intervened in the matter.
The Revenue Minister had frozen the Revenue Additional Chief Secretary P H Kurian’s order over ruling the district Collector’s stop memo issued against land filling in Kunnathunad village.
Media including Mathrubhumi New had telecasted the news following which the Revenue Minister intervened. However, the government’s move is against that of the minister. Advocate General C P Sudhakara Prasad gave legal advice to CM that E Chandrasekharan’s intervention was not legal.
However, it must be noted that the Collector had issued a stop memo against land filling in Kunnathunad following the AG’s order. The Revenue Minister had in fact frozen the revenue secretary’s order that overruled the Collector’s order. The action that the AG is now terming as not legal was originally taken after receiving his advice in the first place. This raises the question as to whom the AG is trying to help.
There are allegations that a benami company run by an infamous industrialist was behind the controversial land filling at Kunnathunad village. Allegations regarding the issue were raised in the Assembly on Wednesday as well.
The allegation is that at a time when the link between the government and this infamous industrialist is clear, the AG’s present advice will help the industrialist. The AG’s legal advice also states that Revenue Additional Chief Secretary P H Kurian’s order over ruling the district Collector’s stop memo will remain valid.