Dileep land grab case: Collector acts two years after LRC ordered probe

There were allegations regarding a purposeful delay on the part of officers in initiating action against the alleged land grabbing incident.

Published: 20th July 2017 09:09 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th July 2017 09:09 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Two years after the Land Revenue Commissioner (LRC) sought a detailed inquiry into the allegations of land grab against actor Dileep, Thrissur District Collector A Kowsigan recommended a similar probe. The Collector, who submitted a report stating complexities in the alleged land grab case, was however silent regarding the two-year delay in implementing the Land Revenue Commissioner’s order dated June 6, 2015.

In fact, Kowsigan had also held the post of Thrissur Collector in 2015.
Sources said the report was silent regarding the two-year delay as the period involved his tenure also. 
The Land Commissioner had scrapped the order issued by former District Collector M S Jaya favouring Dileep in the case regarding the ownership of the land on which D Cinemaas was built. He had also recommended a high level probe in the issue. Central Revenue Vigilance Deputy Collector had also recommended a high-level inquiry into the land grabbing case.  

Though Kowsigan submitted a detailed report refering to the Land Revenue Commissioner’s earlier report, he did not mention the action taken on the allegations regarding land grabbing. Despite saying there were complications in the land deal which need to be probed again, the report was silent on the action taken against the officers concerned for the inappropriate delay. Sources said the probe would also cover the laxity on the part of the district administration. The Revenue officers, including those in the survey wing in Thrissur, will come under scanner. 

There were allegations regarding a purposeful delay on the part of officers, both in the district administration and revenue offices, in initiating action against the alleged land grabbing incident. The District Collector had allegedly favoured Dileep citing a report from the taluk surveyor.  
Sources in the Revenue Department said the probe would also cover the alleged manipulation of documents to help the actor. Many documents regarding controversial land deals had allegedly gone missing from the revenue offices.


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