CBI questions suspended IAS officer Sooraj in land grab case

Kochi, Jun 5 (PTI) Two days after the arrest of former gunman of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and nine others in two land grabbing cases, CBI today questioned suspended IAS officer T O Sooraj in connection with one of the cases.

Suspended IAS officer T O Sooraj
Suspended IAS officer T O Sooraj

Sooraj, former Land Revenue Commissioner, was questioned in connection with the Kalamassery land grab case, CBI sources said.

CBI, on June 3, had arrested Salim Raj, Chandy’s former gunman who is under suspension, and nine others in two land grabbing cases involving properties worth more than Rs 425 crore located in Kadakampally in Thiruvananthapuram and Kalamassery here.

The IAS officer, who was also the PWD Secretary, was suspended in November last year for allegedly amassing wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income.

When he was the Land Revenue Commissioner, Sooraj, had in a September 4, 2012 order cancelled mutation of property in the name of N A Shariffa and others who were the original owners of 98 cents of land in Kalamassery.

Last week, the Kerala High Court had set aside his order.

Allegations had been levelled against Sooraj that he had cleared revenue procedures to help the accused, who are reported to be his relatives, grab land worth crores of rupees.

Sooraj had denied all charges and said he acted based on reports from other officials.