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Thomas Chandy owns four schools, restaurants and bakeries in Kuwait

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Nov 16, 2017, 6:15 am IST
Updated Nov 16, 2017, 6:15 am IST
The new collector T.V. Anupama submitted a report confirming violation of land laws.
Thomas Chandy  (Photo: Peethambaran Payyeri)
 Thomas Chandy (Photo: Peethambaran Payyeri)

Alappuzha: Mr Thomas Chandy aka Kuwait Chandy is primarily a multi-millionaire businessman   who has strayed into politics with his money power. He has muddied the placid waters of Kuttanad with his luxury resort  and is now caught up in the state’s swift political cross-currents.  

Mr Chandy, 69, is a three-time legislator from  Kuttanad who began his political career along with the late Congress leader K. Karunakaran when he formed the DIC (K). He has won the electoral battles  as  DIC (K) and  NCP candidate  with thumping margins from 2006 onwards.   

 

Mr  Chandy owns four schools, restaurants and bakeries in Kuwait, besides  the Rs 20-crore  resort in Alappuzha. He had courted a  controversy during last dispensation  by claiming Rs 1.91 crore of taxpayers’ money for advanced medical treatment.

He has a dubious business record in Kuwait and  faced allegations of fraud. Commenting on that he  once said: “I am no party at all in that case. I had leased out a building to another school in Kuwait and  collected 35,000 Kuwaiti dinars.  When the Kuwait court asked me to return the money, I did it immediately. This is no case at all.”

About the land grab issue in Kuttanad,  Mr Chandy said:  “I have invested several crores of rupees for the development of the backward district Alappuzha.  I have made no   encroachment. I toiled hard in the Middle East for several years and with that money I opened the Lake Palace Resort. I have invested Rs 150 crore and am providing employment to  hundreds of people. I am incurring a loss of several lakhs of rupees every year.”

Mr Chandy who always had ministerial ambitions realised his dream in March when  Mr A. K. Saseendran  had to bow out as  transport minister after being caught in a  honey trap case.   

Alappuzha then had four ministers- PWD Minister G. Sudhakaran, Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac and Civil Supplies Minister P. Thilothaman, besides Mr Chandy.   

However, Mr Chandy’s luck as minister did not last long. Following reports about the encroachments made by the Lake Palace Resort,  Revenue Minister E. Chandrasekharan  sought a  report from the then district collector Veena N. Madhavan who found no irregularities, but said detailed investigations were needed.  

The new collector T.V. Anupama   submitted a  report confirming violation of land laws.   The company on October 24 approached the High Court asking for a stay on the collector’s report.   It again approached the court on November 9  to annul the report. But the court dashed the hopes of Mr Chandy by rejecting the petition.

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