Harrisons Malayalam Ltd (HML), a plantation company, has informed the Kerala High court that it was ready to surrender to the State Government nearly 835 acre of excess land spread over in four districts.

HML made a submission in this regard before a division bench comprising Justices M Sashidharan Nambiar and P Bhavadasan.

The Court asked the company to produce the original documents relating to the case pending before the Kottayam Land Tribunal.

According to HML, it was willing to surrender 834.53 acre excess land in four districts of Wayanad, Pathanamthitta, Idukki and Kollam.

About 59,623 acres, of which 12,675 acres are in Wayanad, is being held by the company, HML counsel stated.

The Court allowed the Government to produce additional documents and adjourned the case to August 9.

It had directed HML to file a statement on the excess land held by it on a petition filed by the state government seeking a declaration that large tracts of land held by Harrisons Malayalam were liable to be forfeited under the Kerala Escheat and Forfeiture Act and protected as government land.

(This article was published on August 7, 2012)
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