Ker­ala HC re­jects min­is­ter Chandy’s plea, says ideal for him to re­sign

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Htnation -

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

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