The Kerala High Court on Wednesday ordered a detailed land survey in a case involving former Transport Minister Thomas Chandy who had been accused of usurping land.

The court made it clear that there was no need to register an FIR but asked authorities to hold the survey and submit a report in three months.

Chandy quit in November last year as Minister.

The court ruling came on two petitions filed against Chandy, which sought registration of a case against him and appropriate action as a resort he owns in Alappuzha had allegedly usurped government land.

Businessman-turned-politician Chandy belongs to the Nationalist Congress Party and has all along maintained his innocence.

With the Assembly session set to commence later this month, the High Court order comes as a temporary relief to both Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Chandy.