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Kerala Congress leader asks AG Rohatgi to resign

IANS  |  Thiruvananthapuram 

Senior leader V.M. Sudheeran on Sunday slammed Attorney General for overriding an apex ruling on outlets along and asked him to resign.

Sudheeran said Rohatgi has not done any justice to the constitutional office and failed to fulfil his role as envisaged by Article 72 of the Constitution.

The leader's attack came as Rohatgi advised the government that bar hotels and beer-wine parlours across the national and state can be retained.

This was despite a December 2016 ruling by the Supreme that banned such sales within 500 metres of the across the country.

The ruling had forced around 300 such outlets comprising beer and wine parlours, five star hotels and state-owned retail outlets to look for new places in the state.

They were expected to move by the beginning of the new fiscal.

"There is every reason to believe that the said advice (by Rohatgi) was given at the behest of a few bar hotel owners in the state," Sudheeran said.

He also slammed the Attorney General for appearing for a bar hotel owner in a case challenging the erstwhile government's policy "even while holding the esteemed office".

"Such appearance was neither fair nor ethical. I am pained to say that your above said conduct was not correct - legally, constitutionally, ethically or politically," added the former president of the party who quit last week, owing to his poor health.

"It is therefore my considered view that you have not done justice to the constitutional office that you hold and I can only make an earnest request to you to give up the constitutional seat," Sudheeran said.



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First Published: Sun, March 19 2017. 11:30 IST