Kottayam: Considering a petition that alleged encroachment of wetland by Kerala’s Minister for Transport, Thomas Chandy, to build a road to his resort in Alappuzha, the Vigilance Court in Kottayam has ordered a quick verification against Chandy. Thomas Chandy has been in the line of fire with massive protests against him raging with regard to the alleged backwater encroachment by him.
With the Vigilance Court ordering a quick verification, Thomas Chandy and the LDF government could now see themselves pushed to the back foot. The court recommending a vigilance probe came after it noted that the charges levelled by the petitioner in his complaint were serious.
The petitioner, Advocate Subash Thekkedan, had alleged that Thomas Chandy did encroach wetland to build road to his resort, and also that he diverted two MP funds to this effect.
The petition also said that that the government had suffered losses due to the road construction. This, however, was disputed by the government pleader who argued that the government has not suffered any loss due to Chandy’s activities. According to the government pleader, the land was in fact a bund and the road was made for the 10-plus families who live close by.
Though the government preferred to seek legal advice from the Advocate General in the report against Thomas Chandy regarding the backwater encroachment allegations, the court went ahead and ordered a quick verification .
Meanwhile, Revenue Minister E Chandrasekharan said the court order need not be considered as a backlash to the government.