THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Continuing his fight for the Kovalam Palace, Administrative Reforms Commission chairman V S Achuthanandan wrote to the Revenue Minister urging him to explore all legal options, including filing a civil suit, to retain the palace. In 2011, then Land Revenue Commissioner Niveditha P Haran had pointed out lapses in the sale of the palace, VS said.
“Later, the government withdrew the Vigilance case in this regard. Even the Assembly was misled in this matter. In 2013, mutation proceedings (pokkuvaravu) for 16 ha of land was carried out for a private individual. Only a comprehensive probe can unearth all the irregularities,” VS said.
The Advocate General suggested to file a civil suit in the wake of the High Court and the Supreme Court verdicts in this regard. The government should take all possible steps to retain the palace. Filing a civil suit immediately is the only way out. The government should resort to legal action without budging before money power,” VS said.