Thursday, August 31, 2017

Sabarimala airport at Cheruvally Estate: Govt move suspicious, KPCC ex-president Sudheeran tells HC

Kochi: State government's order for setting up Sabarimala airport at Cheruvally Estate without declaring that the land belongs to the government is intended to grant non-existing rights to encroachers, former KPCC president VM Sudheeran has alleged at the Kerala High Court.
The allegation was raised in a petition filed by Sudheeran seeking to join in the case filed by Harrisons Malayalam Ltd (HML) and others challenging the appointment of IAS officer MG Rajamanickam as special officer for resumption of government lands. Cheruvally Estate was allegedly sold by HML to Gospel for Asia.
"A reading of Ext.R4(e) (CM's reply to question in Assembly) would show that the Government, in the said order have not in clear term stated that it is a land belonging to the Government and not to any private person like Harrisons Malayalam/Gospel for Asia. Therefore, the genuineness and bona fide of the Government's approach reflected in the said executive order calls for reasonable suspicion.
Therefore, a reading (of) the Ext.R4(c) (cabinet decision) in the light of Exts.R4(d) and R4(e) (Question to CM in Assembly and its answer) would create a reasonable apprehension in any reasonable prudent citizen that the Government is extremely irresponsible in the matter and they find themselves unable to assert their right over the land in categorical terms," Sudheeran's petition said. This is a deliberate and calculated effort to create ambiguity with a view to weaken Government's contentions and it is against public interest, Sudheeran has alleged.
31/08/17 Mahir Haneef/Times of India