VACB files FIR on encroachment by D Cinemaas

As the Vigilance delayed the FIR, Mr Joseph filed a petition on Monday.

THRISSUR: The Vigilance has registered an FIR in connection with the alleged encroachment of land by D Cinemaas theater in Chalakudy owned by actor Dileep. The Vigilance, which registered the FIR as instructed by the Vigilance court here, said that Dileep and former district collector M.S. Jaya could not at present be made the respondents or accused in the case. Earlier, acting on a complaint by activist P.D. Joseph, the Vigilance had conducted a preliminary inquiry and given a clean chit to the actor and the former collector. But the court rejected the inquiry report and asked the Vigilance to file an FIR.

As the Vigilance delayed the FIR, Mr Joseph filed a petition on Monday. Vigilance DySP in Thrissur Mathew Raj Kallikkadan told DC that only after further inquiry an FIR will be registered against the respondents mentioned in Mr Joseph's plaint. The allegation is that the actor had encroached on nearly one acres of land for the theatre and that the former collector submitted a report to the land revenue commissioner a few years ago saying that no encroachment had taken place when a complaint was filed regarding the matter.

The DySP said that two land records available now say that the disputed land of Thampuran Kovilakam of Kochi royal family has 1.80 acres and 80 cents. "How the land of the royal family reached private persons after it became part of Kerala state has to be probed. The land, if not used by the royal family, will rest with the government. During the highway development on the contentious land in 2003-04, no private person had got any compensation claiming ownership of the land," the DySP noted.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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