Chennai: In a reprieve to Jayalalithaa, a
Commission of Inquiry has cleared the AIADMK chief of land
grab charges but indicted relatives of her close aide Sasikala
for "glaring abuse of power" to obtain a title deed.
"As there was no specific complaint against
Jayalalithaa, no notice was issued to her for inquiry," the
Justice K P Sivasubramaniam Commission, appointed by the Tamil
Nadu government to probe the allegations, said.
The report was tabled in the Tamil Nadu Assembly
Though there was no acquisition of land in Sasikala`s
name, notice was still sent to her since her relatives, V N
Sudhakaran, a former foster son of Jayalalithaa, and
Ilavarasi, were partners of Bharani Resorts which obtained
patta (title deed) "in an improper manner" after transferring
land allotted to landless poor, it said.
Noting that Bharani Resorts had made false statements,
the Commission said evidence showed that the firm was in
illegal possession of the land since 1994.
"The possession can be nothing more or less than a
high-handed illegal possession, without any rights," it said.
A revenue officer on the verge of his retirement was
transferred from Tuticorin to Kanchipuram district and had
effected the transfer of patta the very next day of receiving
the application, the Commission said.
It recommended to the government to take back the land
but was against restoring it to the original assignees, who
had sold the land, violating the condition that they should
not sell the property during their life time.
According to the complainants, whose case was taken up
by CPI-M`s state unit, they had received a loan of Rs 8,750 in
1983 and were required to sign a document. In 1994 there was
"obstruction" from persons residing in the bungalow nearby,
which they had alleged belonged to Sasikala where Jayalalithaa
They alleged they were chased out in 1994 during the
AIAMDK regime, and charged that records were created as if the
property had been sold and their names removed from revenue
The Commission also said it was within government`s
power to take steps to resume land in accordance with law and
redistribute it to poor landless SC/ST persons.