SATURDAY, 22 SEPTEMBER 2012 00:06KUMAR CHELLAPPAN | CHENNAI
The Tamil Nadu Government on Thursday launched an investigation into charges of land grabbing by the family of Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram along the picturesque East Coast Road near Chennai.
A team of officials led by Revenue Division Officer Chellappa from Kancheepuram visited Karikattukuppam, a fishing hamlet along the East Coast Road and measured the land which is allegedly under the possession of Chidambaram’s wife Nalini Chidambaram, a senior lawyer herself and son Karti P Chidambaram.
“We found that the allegation of land grabbing against the Chidambaram family is true. Since the assistant director of the department of survey is studying the details about the measurements, I cannot reveal anything more now,” a senior official in the investigating team told
The Pioneer. He said there were discrepancies in the construction of compound wall by the Chidambarams.
“They have usurped 8.9 metre wide and 100 metre long area while constructing the compound wall,” said the official. The other details would be known after a couple of days, he said.
But GV Murugan, a Karikattukuppam fisherman, who closely follows the pattern of land ownership in the village said that the officials found out that the Chidambarams had grabbed 9 acres of poramboke land. “They have
documents for the 5 acres 11 cents owned by Annai Nalini Chidambaram. But the land measuring 9 acres is not in their name,” said Murugan.
Meanwhile on Friday, Jaya Palayan, president, South Indian Federation of Fishermen Societies, approached the Kancheepuram district administration with a complaint that the registration department in the district was manipulating the land documents to help people in higher places ease out of cases of land grabbing.
The Pioneer had reported recently that the family of the Union Finance Minister was involved in land grabbing and encroachment in Karikattukuppam village. But RR Arun Natarajan, counsel for the Chidambarams, had described the allegations baseless.
“The land at Karikattukuppam near Muttukadu was purchased by Nalini Chidambaram and Karti in 1992. They have the title deeds, pattas and other documents confirming the fact that they are the legal owners of the land. They are using the land uninterruptedly since then,” Natarajan had told The Pioneer. He said the charges are baseless and would not stand scrutiny in a court of law.