Chalakudy: Even as superstar Dileep remains in jail, reports have emerged that both the ruling Left and Democratic Front (LDF) and the opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) had helped him in his illegal land deals. It was the previous UDF government that in 2014 sabotaged the first inquiry into the allegation that Dileep had encroached government land to construct the D Cinemaas in Chalakkudy. UDF top guns intervened to turnaround a report of the district collector and help the actor.
Another probe by the land revenue commissioner has also not produced any results. Allegations are flying that a CPI minister was the latest to come to Dileep's rescue and that the actor cast the minister's son in one of his productions as a thanksgiving act.
K.C. Santhosh, who hails from Dileep's hometown Aluva, lodged a complaint against the actor in 2013, alleging that the star had forged documents to snatch nearly-one acre government land. The Thrissur district collector in 2014 ordered an inquiry into it and submitted a report that was favorable to the actor. The report said Dileep had with him documents that proved his ownership of the land.
Santhosh then approached the High Court, which ordered the land commissioner to conduct an inquiry. The probe found that the district collector had erred in his investigation and his report was nullified. In 2015, the land revenue commissioner submitted a report recommending action against Dileep. However, the UDF government buried it and it has continued to remain in the same state even after the LDF took over 14 months ago.
Santhosh further sought the help of the district collector. The official told Santosh that he had instructions from a CPI minister to spare Dileep.
The land was given by the Thiru-Kochi government before the formation of Kerala to Chalakudy Seedharamangalam Sree Krishna Temple for construction of a dining hall. The allegation is that Dileep snatched an acre of land with eight forged title deeds in 2005.
However, this property was not directly given in Dileep's possession. It was divided and registered in eight different title deeds before he purchased it together.
Suspicions remain of manipulation in revenue files related to land verification. It is alleged that a 2015 order by the land revenue commissioner for a re-investigation was also frozen using influence at government level.