Thiruvananthapuram: The controversial land deal involving state police chief Sheikh Darvesh Sahib is heading for an out-of-court settlement, it is reliably learnt.
The petitioner T Umer Sheriff and the defendants — state police chief and his wife Farida Fathima — are learnt to have jointly informed the court that the matter has been amicably settled between them.The first class additional sub-judge court here is set to consider the case on Thursday.
Earlier, the court had issued orders for conditional attachment of a property in the name of Fathima in connection with a land sale. The petitioner, buyer of the property owned by Fathima, had approached court citing concealment of fact that the land in question was already mortgaged in a bank and was not free from encumbrances as claimed in the agreement.
The court, finding a prima facie case after perusing the plaint, affidavit and documents, had ordered conditional attachment of 10.8 cents of land owned by the state police chief’s wife. The court had also ordered to communicate the provisional attachment to the sub-registrar office and concerned village office. Though the case is being settled, violation of sections of Income Tax Act that prohibit accepting or giving any amount in cash above Rs 20,000 still remains a matter of serious illegality involved in the deal.

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