In a setback to P V Anvar, MLA, the Kerala High Court on Friday ordered that the excess land in possession of the Left-backed legislator should be recovered immediately.
Quashing an affidavit filed by the Thamarassery Land Board chairman seeking more time to implement an order in this regard, Justice Raja Vijayaraghavan said the procedures should be completed before January 4. A case relating to the matter is scheduled to be considered that day.
The land board has to recover 222.86 hectares of land held by the Nilambur MLA and his family flouting norms of the Land Reforms Act.
Earlier this month, the high court had asked the state government to file a report on the status of the proceedings initiated to recover the excess land from Anvar.
The high court asked for the status report on a petition filed by Malappuram native K V Shaji seeking to initiate contempt of court proceedings against P Anwar Sadath, chairman, Taluk Land Board, Thamarassery, and an additional tahasildar for not complying with the high court directive.
The high court had directed the Thamassery Taluk Land Board and the additional tahasildar to expedite the proceedings and take the matter to its logical conclusion within six months. The original deadline to complete the procedures was September 25.