Ramesh Chennithala slams LDF govt. over Devikulam sub-collector's transfer

Claudine Rigal
Juillet 6, 2017

However, the party will not go for open criticism or public fight over the transfer.

Leader of the opposition Ramesh Chennithala has launched a scathing attack on the CPI (M)-led LDF government over the transfer of Devikulam sub-collector Sriram Venkitaraman. He said eviction of encroachments is government policy and will continue.However, the government it seems has not followed the mandatory rules for such a transfer.

Even though revenue minister and CPI leader E Chandrasekharan, while talking to reporters played down the transfer as but a routine administrative decision, grapevine has it that the minister wasn't on the same page as his cabinet colleagues over the decision to transfer the young sub-collector.

"The transfer of the officer is "unfortunate" as he had waged a fierce battle against encroachers in Munnar", he said.

In March, Sriram tried to bulldoze and remove encroachments in the hills, claiming resort owners had usurped government land.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had reprimanded the officer after he had pulled down a cross put up by a controversial evangelist on encroached land. A large section of the population in Munnar had migrated to work at the plantations there decades ago, and still do not have proper land deeds.

Sriram had kicked up a hornet's nest when he carried out an anti-encroachment drive in Munnar. He took over as Devikulam subcollector in July, 2016.

The Court made the observations while hearing a petition filed by the owner of Love Dale resort in Munnar against the notice of eviction served by the revenue authorities. CPI abstained from the meeting, calling it unnecessary as the matter is sub-judice. The court allowed the government to take over the building and 22 cents of land.

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