Thodupuzha: Devikulam subcollector V R Premkumar's report has revealed that fake documents were used to acquire land in Kottakamboor, while expressing surprise at the amazing speed at which pattayams (title deeds) were given to eight people in a day.
The report also confirms that MP Joice George's father Paliath George had faked land documents.
It was on September 7, 2001, that Dalit community members from Tamil Nadu were granted pattayams. The land assignment committee holds a meeting to grant pattayam. However, between 2000 and 2003, a committee meeting presided over by Devikulam tahsildar, was not held.
This raises doubts about the way in which the pattayams were granted, says the collector's report. The very next day after the pattayams were granted, the land came under the ownership of Paliath George. Though it is claimed that those who sought pattayam had the land under their possession for years, the survey sketch prepared in 1979 has no mention of this, said the report.
The collector's report said that there were irregularities in all these deals and the fact that the proceedings required for granting the pattayams were completed within a day raises suspicions, said the report.
It was the previous Devikulam subcollector V Sriram who expedited the inspections into land leads at Kottakamboor. Sriram had given notice twice to Joice George and his family asking them to produce land ownership documents.
The CPM had come out with strong protests against Sriram when he initiated measures against land grabs at Kottakamboor and other areas. The CPM and its farmers' wing Kerala Karshaka Sangham held protests in front of the Devikulam sub-collector's office.
This led to the removal of Sriram and the appointment of Premkumar. The new sub-collector too sent notices to Joice George and his family members, and later submitted a report to the revenue department confirming their land grab, following which the Idukki district administration canceled all titles pertaining to their land.