Pathanamthitta: If a Vigilance report, that certifies that the title deed of Harrisons Malayalam Limited is not forged, is approved by the government, it will validate the possession of land with an area of more than two lakh acres by private owners. It is also pointed out that the documents are lease deeds and cannot be claimed as title deed.
Most of the plantation owners in Travancore region are producing deeds with stamps that are similar to those in the Harrisons deed. These documents were alleged as fake by pointing out the stamp, the papers used and the corrections therein. The revenue authorities suggested that there may be more than two hundred thousand acres of land being claimed by those who possess such documents.
Dozens of parties including Travancore Rubber and Tea Co., Peerumedu Tea Co., Ponmudi, Marigold, Braemore, Merchiston, Pobson, Hope Plantation, RVT and others are producing such documents to claim their right over the land.
The revenue authorities had so far claimed that these deeds were prepared during a particular period and was the result of a collective scam. It was also alleged that Harrisons was the first to forgea document. As Harrisons is being vindicated, all other plantation owners are giving a sigh of relief.
The Vigilance now says that there was a shortage of stamp papers at that time and most of the plantation owners had to prepare documents by collecting papers on their own and procured seals in the documents from the registrar offices. The investigation team says that corrections and rectifications in the documents were accepted at that time.
The Vigilance DySP Mahesh Das told Madhyamam that they have examined the validity of the title deed of Harrisons only and they have not examined the manipulation in the survey numbers and the validity of the power of attorney, which are related to civil cases.
The companies have contradicted the revenue authorities who say that the title deeds are lease agreements and claim that they are title deeds prepared as per the prevailing land price in that period.