Kerala HC rejects minister Chandy’s plea, says ideal for him to resign
The Kerala high court on Tuesday rejected state transport minister Thomas Chandy’s plea to quash the Alappuzha district collector’s report on land-grabbing charges against him and questioned his continuance in the government.
A division bench of the court comprising justice PN Raveendran and justice Devan Ramachandran said it was ideal for the minister to quit as he questioned the collective responsibility of the government. Despite mounting pressure from the ruling allies and senior leaders such as VS Achuthanandan to axe the minister, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan is apparently buying time, denting the image of the government that came to power citing kickbacks of the earlier Congress-led regime.
A nominee of the Nationalist Socialist Party, the state unit said the final decision would be taken by national president Sharad Pawar. However, the CM said he would take appropriate decision after going through the verdict.
Earlier in the day, the court questioned the constitutional propriety, asking how a minister could question government action in which he was a part. It also criticised the government.
RAMESH BABU KC