HC raps Kerala minister in land grab case
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.