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Pattoor land scam: Vigilance Court gives two-week ultimatum to Kerala VACB

It may be recalled that in December 2015, the VACB had launched a quick verification into the issue based on a petition by then Opposition leader VS Achuthanandan.

Published: 09th February 2017 08:49 PM  |   Last Updated: 09th February 2017 08:49 PM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Vigilance Anti-Corruption Court on Thursday criticised Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (VACB) for not registering a case in the alleged land scam in Pattoor.

The court has given a two-week ultimatum to Vigilance department to produce the quick examination report on the controversial land scam.

Responding to the critique, VACB claimed that it did not register a case as the issue was being considered by the Lok Ayukta. However, the complainant's counsel argued that the Advocate General had indicated no issues in registering of the case.

It may be recalled that in December 2015, the VACB had launched a quick verification into the issue based on a petition by then Opposition leader VS Achuthanandan.

The six respondents in the case include former chief minister Oommen Chandy, former chief secretary EK Bharath Bhushan and a realtor.

Achuthanandan in his petition alleged that Chandy and Bhushan connived with the builder to illegally appropriate public land at Pattoor.

Meanwhile, Achuthanandan's counsel submitted that some documents in connection with the land deal which the probe agency had failed to submit before the court.

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