Chandy refutes reports on university land
Kozhikode: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Monday refuted reports that vast tracts of land belonging to Calicut University had been allotted to associations and trusts headed by IUML, a major constituent of the ruling United Democratic Front.
"The land has not been allotted to anyone. Whether it is the university land or any other land belonging to the government, nothing will be allotted to anyone which goes against the interest of the state," he told reporters here.
Chandy said the Cabinet, which has to take a decision on the land, has not done so and added that such a request for land has not come before the government.
As the controversy hotted up, university Vice Chancellor Dr Abdul Salam offered to quit if the charges were proved.
The opposition Left Democratic Front had also launched an agitation demanding action against the Vice Chancellor.
On April 24, a special court at Thrissur, acting on a petition by a human rights activist, had directed the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau to probe the alleged grant of about 50 acres by the University to the trusts and associations.