March 29th, 2014
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High Court ordered CBI inquiry into CM’s ex-gunman’s land case

Oommen Chandy with Salim Raj

Ernamkulam: Kerala High Court today ordered a CBI inquiry into the land grab case in which Salim Raj,former gunman of chief minister Oommen Chandy was involved. The Civil bench of the High Court ordered CBI investigation in two cases today.

Justice Harul-ul-Rashid’s bench ordered the enquiry in Kadakampally and Kalamasserry the land grabbing cases.The Court also ordered that all revenue and vigilance details pertaining to the case to be handed over to the CBI immediately and that the investigations should be completed within 9 months. The state governments may go for an appeal against the order.

The order came while considering the petitions filed by Nazeer, Noushad and Shariffa from Kalamasserry and Premchand Nair of Thiruvanathapuram, seeking an investigation by the CBI into the alleged forging of revenue records of lands belonging to them by Salim Raj with the support of people in Chief Minister’s office and the revenue department.

The court remarked that Salim Raj was functioning like a kingpin of land grabs. It also observed that Salim Raj seems to have misused his proximity with those in power for achieving illegal gains.

Justice Rashid came down heavily on the conduct of Chief Minister’s office. It also said that since a series of allegations were leveled upon the CM’s office, it was the obligation of Chief Minister to respond to them.

Justice Rashid slammed the Chief Minister for not being cautious while appointing his office staff. Members of CM’s personal staff had been earlier arrested in the multi-crore solar scam. Since there have been repeated allegations of criminals functioning from CM’s office, the Chief Minister himself is answerable to the people of the state, the Court observed.


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