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HC orders to hand over land-grab cases against Salim Raj to CBI

HC orders to hand over land-grab cases against Salim Raj to CBI

Kochi: The High Court on Friday ordered the UDF government to leave to the CBI the investigation into the land-grab cases in which Salim Raj, former gunman of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, is allegedly involved.

Ordering the government to handover the revenue files and vigilance files related to the Kadakampalli and Kalamassery land-grab cases to the CBI, the single bench of the high court said that the agency should be entitled to conduct a thorough probe into both the cases.

Justice Harun Al Rashid’s order came while considering the petitions filed by Shariffa of Ernakulam and Premchand R. Nair and others of Thiruvanathapuram, seeking an investigation by the CBI into the alleged manipulation of revenue records to deprive them of their land, allegedly at the influence of Salim Raj.

The court said that a thorough investigation should be conducted to find out who had colluded with revenue officials in forging and manipulating revenue records.

The court observed that the investigation by state agencies would be fruitless as there are ‘big names’ involved in the cases.

It has also ordered to complete the probe within nine months.

The court also criticised the chief minister saying the he is responsible for what happens in his office.

“The Chief Minster should explain to the people what happens in his office. He is responsible for appointing dishonest persons as his staff members,” the court said.

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