Kochi: Kerala High Court on Thursday dismissed a petition seeking to quash an FIR against former Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan and two other accused in the controversial land assignment case in Kasaragod.

Dismissing a petition by two of the accused, T K Soman, a relative of Achuthanandan and A Suresh, Justice NK Balakrishnan said the FIR cannot be quashed at this stage.

Vigilance and Anti corruption officials had filed an FIR against Achuthanandan and seven others in January this year, charging them with conspiracy,cheating and destroying evidence in connection with allotment of about 2.33 acres of government land at Kasaragod to Soman when LDF was in power.

Achuthanandan, presently the Opposition leader in the assembly, has offered to quit, if chargesheeted.

(Agencies)