CPM steals a march on Congress in property deal

KANNUR: Chirakkal family's move to sell Chirakkal Raja's Higher Secondary School and around 7.5 acres to a society controlled by the CPM has stirred up a controversy, as they had earlier agreed to sell it to a trust formed by Congress leaders.

According to the members of the Chirakkal Kovilakam Kshema Parirakshana Samithi, the trust that is currently managing the school, the decision to sell the school and land was taken more than two years ago, as they were not in a position to maintain and manage it. That was why, when Karunakaran Memorial Trust, managed by a team of Congress leaders led by MP K Sudhakaran, approached them expressing interest to buy the school, they agreed.

"Though it was decided to sell the property to the trust for Rs 16 crore, Sudhakaran demanded Rs 50 lakh as donation to the trust, following which the general body of Chirakkal family trust decided not to give it to them, and decided to consider the offer of the CPM-controlled society," said a member of the Chirakkal family.

"Our stand is that, if Karunakaran Memorial Trust wanted to buy it, they should have given us the complete amount, instead of taking Rs 50 lakh as donation from us without any receipt, after registering the property for Rs 16 crore," said C K Suresh Varma, an executive committee member of Chirakkal family trust.

"Moreover, they wanted the school and the land to be registered in the name of a company called Kannur Edu Park, and we felt something fishy about the entire deal," he added.

However, the trust has not taken any final decision on selling it to the CPM controlled society, though majority of the trust members are in favour of it, he added.

Meanwhile, K Sudhakaran said that the allegations were baseless. "It is true that we had asked for a donation of Rs 50 lakh, but we were ready to give receipt for it. When they said it was not acceptable, we agreed to give them the full amount and we have proofs to vindicate our stand," said Sudhakaran.

He said the trust had planned to buy the school and the property after collecting shares, and if it was in the name of the trust, there were problems in giving dividend to the shareholders. "So we decided to register a company, controlled by Karunakaran Memorial Trust, and there is nothing wrong about it," he said.

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History :-http://cpimkerala.org/eng/history-2.php

In 1935 July a meeting of peasants were held in the Bharatheeya building in Naniyoor in Kolachery Amsom of old Chirakkal Taluk. Kolachery Karshaka Sangham was formed with Vishnu Bharatheeyan as President and K.A. Keraleeyan as Secretary.   -