The unusual delay in the submission of an inquiry report by the Land Revenue Commissioner, who is enquiring about the Sub Collector Divya S Iyer's decision to transfer the government land to a private individual, is raising suspicion among the revenue officials. The Revenue Minister Chandrasekharan ordered an inquiry on Monday into the incident after MLA V Joy filed a complaint.
But the Land Revenue Commissioner did not submit a report yet even though two days are already over. The Land Revenue Commissioner said that he is studying the Tehsildar's report on the issue. The controversial land, which costs around Rs.1 crore, lies at Varkala-Parippilly Road of State Highway. Earlier, the Varkala Tehsildar, took over the land on July 19 after found that the government land was illegally occupied by the private individual. But later on, the private individual, who had used the land for many years, approached the High Court. The Court entrusted the Thiruvananthapuram Sub Collector Divya S Iyer to get a well-balanced decision on the issue. After studying the matter in detail, Divya has decided to transfer the controversial 27-cent of government land to the private individual. Afterward, widespread criticism has been raised against the Sub Collector on the issue from many corners. The Sub collector's decision was contested by Varkala MLA V Joy, who wrote to Revenue Minister E Chandrasekharan and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan about the issue. As the Sub Collector is also the wife of a Congress MLA, the issue, later on, gets a political tone also.
"My action was according to the Lands Utilization Law. Those who have any complaint can approach the Land Revenue Commission. ", Defending her decision, Divya S Iyer, who is also a practicing doctor, said in a TV interview. Meanwhile, it is learned that CPI(M) also had sought action against the Sub Collector citing irregularities in the land transfer. The delay is interpreted by many as part of a plan to shield the Sub Collector, who is also the wife of Congress MLA Sabarinathan.
Taking to Facebook, the husband of the Sub Collector, Sabarinathan MLA, noted that V.Joy MLA's move against the Sub-collector's decision is mysterious.