Dealing a heavy blow to Opposition Leader V S Achuthanandan, the Supreme Court on Monday held that the case relating to controversial transfer of land to his relative T K Soman, cannot be dismissed.
The apex court rejected the plea by Soman and Suresh Kumar, former personal assistant of Achuthanandan, seeking to reject the FIR in the case.
The Division Bench, led by Chief Justice P Sadasivam, has also ordered to complete the hearing within six months.
During the previous LDF rule, 2.33 acres of land was transferred to Soman, an ex-serviceman, in Kasargod district. According to government norms, when land is allotted to Defence personnel it should not exceed one acre.
There was a system by which government land was allotted to landless soldiers which was however discontinued in the early eighties.
Seeking to avail himself of the facility, Soman, had applied for government land in 1977 and subsequently in the same year, the land was allotted to him in Kasargod when K Karunakaran was the Chief Minister.
But the deal did not materialise because Soman could not satisfy some financial obligations.
However, 30 years later in June 2007, the same file was submitted again to the government.
Finally, the land was allotted in June 2010, when Achuthanandan was the Chief Minister.