Judiciary not supporting government against land mafia: Kerala chief minister

June 4th, 2008 - 5:32 pm ICT by IANS  

Kozhikode, June 4 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan said here it is unfortunate that the government is not getting enough support from the judiciary in its drive against land grabbers. He said the actions of the government in this regard were being repeatedly “hindered through cases in courts”.

“The government will overcome these challenges through courts itself and will go ahead with its programmes,” he added. The chief minister was speaking at a trade union meet here Tuesday night.

The chief minister’s comment came on a day when the government was forced to give back a golf club in state capital Thiruvananthapuram a few hours after taking possession of the club, following an order from the Kerala High Court.

He said the government will continue with eviction of encroachers and distribute the land to the landless. In Munnar, a hill station in Idukki district, the government reclaimed 15,000 acres and steps are on to take possession of about 3,000 acres in other parts of the state.

The land mafia is using real estate to invest their unaccounted income. Fake god men are also buying large tracts of land.

“It was found during investigation that a bishop called Yohannan has accumulated wealth of around Rs.1,500 million,” the chief minister said.

However, he cautioned the public against castigating all god men as fake.

“We should not forget that there are many genuine holy men who are contributing to the progress of the society,” Achuthanandan said.

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