Kerala HC pulls up state govt in land encroachment case

Kerala HC pulls up state govt in land encroachment case”

The Kerala government's plan to nail Congress leaders including former chief minister Oommen Chandy with the sexual allegations raised by solar scam accused Saritha S Nair has suffered a blow, with a fresh legal advise pointing out the flaws in the move.

While considering the case, the High Court asked the government counsel if there is any special consideration given to Chandy and wanted to know the government's stand in land encroachment matters.

The petitioner submitted the government and the Revenue officers were reluctant to register a case against Chandy and others despite noticing they had violated provisions of the Kerala Land Conservation Act and the Kerala Conservation of Paddy and Wetland Act.

The court was responding to a petition in which it was alleged that he had got a road constructed through government-owned land and levelled water bodies to facilitate easier access to his Lake Palace Resort located on the Punamada Lake in Kerala.

Despite violation of the law, all of which amounted to cognisable offence, and reporting of the violations of the laws by the District Collector to the government, no action had been initiated against Chandy and other directors. Mr. Balakrishnan said that the government would not protect any wrongdoers and action would be taken against them.

Summary: He alleged that the Opposition was trying to raise allegations against Mr. Chandy to divert attention from the solar case.

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