Govt advised to take Guv nod for VS trial
Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan said the government sought AGís advice after a junior legal adviser opined against the move. However, a senior VACB prosecutor gave a go ahead. VS had stated that he would quit as Opposition leader if chargesheeted.
In June 2011, the government had ordered a vigilance probe into the alleged irregularities in allotment of 2.43 acres of land to T K Soman, a kin of Achuthanandan when he was the chief minister.
The other accused in the case are former revenue minister K P Rajendran, Achuthanandanís personal assistant A Suresh, his relative T K Soman and former Kasaragod district collector N A Krishnankutty. In the FIR, the VACB had named IAS officials Sheela Thomas, Anand Singh and K R Muraleedharan as accused. But their names were dropped from the final list. However, Krishnankutty, a retired IAS official, was not exempted even though it was Anand Singh who had allotted the land as district collector in 2009.
Sources said the IAS lobby had pressured the government to drop the three officials except Krishnankutty, a Dalit.
In 1977, Soman was allotted three acres of land by the then Congress government under a scheme for military personnel. He did not take possession
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