HC raps Ker­ala min­is­ter in land grab case

Mint ST - - POLITICS - BY NIDHEESH M.K. nidheesh.m@livemint.com BENGALURU

Pres­sure mounted on Ker­ala’s trans­port min­is­ter Thomas Chandy to quit af­ter the state high court crit­i­cized him sharply on Tues­day over a case of land en­croach­ment.

Chandy had moved the high court chal­leng­ing the find­ings of an of­fi­cial probe that said he was guilty of pub­lic land en­croach­ment and eco­log­i­cal vi­o­la­tions. The court re­jected Chandy’s pe­ti­tion and asked why the gov­ern­ment had not sacked him for op­pos­ing an of­fi­cial probe, re­gional news chan­nel Manorama News re­ported.

The probe had found that a lake-side re­sort run by Chandy in a pris­tine lo­ca­tion in Alap­puzha district may have po­ten­tially vi­o­lated en­vi­ron­men­tal laws and en­croached upon gov­ern­ment land, among other il­le­gal­i­ties, while build­ing an ap­proach road and re­claim­ing a por­tion of the lake for set­ting up a park­ing lot.

“It’s a clas­sic case for dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion. The writ pe­ti­tion shows that the min­is­ter has lost trust in the chief min­is­ter and the gov­ern­ment in which he is also a min­is­ter. We are em­bar­rassed to say that a min­is­ter can­not file a writ pe­ti­tion against his own gov­ern­ment,” the court orally ob­served, re­ported The Hindu.

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