Kochi: The Kerala High Court has ordered the attachment of the excess land owned by P V Anvar, an MLA belonging to the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF), and his family in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts within five months.
The order was issued by Justice Raja Vijayaraghavan in a contempt of court petition filed by K V Shaji, a resident of Chelambra. Shaji had moved the court pointing out that a High Court order on March 24 last year which said that a petition against Anvar and relatives for illegally possessing vast tracts of land should be disposed of within six months had not been followed.
Meanwhile, the Thamarassery Taluk Land Board Chairman informed the court that Anvar and relatives owned 22.82 acres of land in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts. As they were in possession of more than the legal limit of 12 acres, a case was registered, said the Chairman. “A notice has been issued to Anvar and relatives to appear before the Board on January 27. All procedures in this regard will be completed within five months from January 1,” the court was told.
To which, Shaji said that he was not against granting more time. However, he urged the court to allow him to take part in the legal procedures and present some documents.
Taking into consideration the fact that neither Anvar nor his representative had appeared before the court during a hearing held on December 30 last year, the judge said that the proceedings in the case could not be delayed. Shaji was also granted permission to present the documents.