Govt files petition against Harrisons, Yohanan

Kochi: Kerala government Friday filed a petition in the High Court, seeking to direct plantation company Harrisons Malayalam Ltd and 'Gospel for Asia' founder Dr K P Yohannan to deposit profits accrued to them by utilising government lands in their possession.

The government also sought a direction to deposit the profits either in the state treasury or the High Court.

A division bench comprising Justices Thothathil B Ramakrishnan and A V Ramakrishna Pillai posted the case to December 13 for filing a counter.

Government contended that Yohannan, head 'Gospel of Asia, a Christian missionary organisation at Thiruvalla, holds its land and alleged that during pendency of the case, the respondents had illegally transfered various estates in favour of three other companies.

'Gospel of Asia' was also allegedly appropriating yield from the government lands which are in their illegal possession, it was stated.

The government submitted that the entire land held by the two respondents belongs to it.