Embarrassment for Congress as party member represents tainted Kerala Minister

Lester Mason
November 14, 2017

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said a right decision will be taken at appropriate time in the case of Transport Minister Thomas Chandy.

A division bench of judges P N Ravindran and Devan Ramachandran rejected Chandy's writ petition in this connection and observed that the minister's move was in conflict with the collective responsibility entrusted with the Cabinet.

The Congress party has been attacking the Pinarayi Vijayan government over Chandy's alleged land grab and has demanded his sacking. Chandy, a businessman-turned-politician, is NCP's only minister in the Cabinet.

On the minister's contentions against the findings of the collector's report, the court pointed out that he should have taken up his grievances with the district collector itself instead of knocking on the doors of the high court.

A bench comprising justices P N Raveendran and Devan Ramachandran held that a minister can not file petition against his own government, which had ordered the district collector to look into the matter and submit a report.

According to reports in the media, it is in this context that the minister is mulling over moving the supreme court.

Congress leaders including former PCC Chief VM Sudheeran and Leader of the Opposition in Kerala Assembly Ramesh Chennithala have expressed their displeasure over the Madhya Pradesh MP's decision to defend Chandy, an NCP nominee in the CPI (M)-led LDF government. He maintained that the court did not term Chandy guilty of encroachment. "What the high court said about Chandy is also my opinion in Thomas Chandy issue", he said.

A group of Youth Congress activists waved black flags at Tankha and shouted slogans just before he left for the Kerala High Court.

Balakrishnan made the comments in the backdrop of Sudheeran criticising the LDF government over the Thomas Chandy issue.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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