Vigilance probe recommends case against VS

Thiruvananthapuram: A vigilance probe has recommended registering a case against VS Achuthanandan and seven others for alleged irregularities in assigning 2.33 acres of land to a relative of the former Kerala chief minister in a village in Kasargode district during the previous LDF rule.

Official sources said the FIR of the probe found fault in allotting land in Sherny village to K P Soman, an ex-serviceman and had recommended registering a case against former revenue minister KP Rajendran; Sheela Thomas, the then principal secretary to the chief minister; K R Muraleedharan, the then land revenue commissioner; and three other persons, including a personal staff of Achuthanandan.

The report, to be submitted in the Kozhikode Vigilance Court later this week, also found that efforts were made to reduce the time limit for the sales transaction from 25 years to three years, they said.

The sources said the cabinet had ordered a vigilance probe on June 1 last year after it quashed the land assignment and transaction order. The land was assigned to Soman on June 10, 2010 and the order for relaxation in transaction was taken on February 2011, they said.

The UDF had raised the matter in the run up to the assembly polls last year when it was in the Opposition.