Friday, January 13, 2012

Land allotment case: VS Achuthanandan to be first accused

The Vigilance Director, Kerala on Thursday approved the recommendation of the investigating officers to initiate legal proceedings against Opposition leader and octogenarian Marxist VS Achuthanandan, the State’s face of anti-corruption crusade so far, in a corruption case regarding allotment of 2.33 acres of land in Kasaragod district to a relative when he was chief minister.

VS AchuthanandanThiruvananthapuram, The Vigilance Director has given permission to name Opposition leader VS Achuthanandan as the first accused in connection with the land allotment case.
The Kozhikode vigilance unit will file FIR in connection with the case on Friday. Former Revenue Minister KP Rajendran will be made second accused.
It is alleged that 2.33 acres of land in the northern Kasargod district was given to Soman, an ex-serviceman, at below the market value. The land was allotted in 2010, with a rider that it could not be sold for 25 years.
The FIR will be filed under the the Prevention of Corruption Act on Friday, Jan 13 and submitted to the Calicut Vigilance Court.

The FIR will be filed under Section-13 (1) (D) Prevention of Corruption Act and Section 120 (Criminal conspiracy) and 201 (Disappearance of evidence).

Violating government norms, Achuthanandan had alloted government land to his relatives in Kasargod, Kerala during his tenure as the chief minister.

Achuthanandan however, called the whole plot a conspiracy against him by the ruling government. He also offered to quit as the leader of opposition in Kerala Assembly, which was however, rejected by the party's central leadership.

"Achuthanandan stands tallest as a leader who has never compromised in his fight against corruption and that has been proved during the last assembly polls," said Sitaram Yechuri, CPI(M) polit bureau member.

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