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HC rejects plea by Ker minister; pulls him up for moving court

Press Trust of India  |  Kochi 

The High today dismissed a by beleaguered state minister Thomas Chandy challenging a report by the Alappuzha district collector on alleged encroachments by a company in which he has stake.

A bench comprising justices P N Raveendran and Devan Ramachandran held that a minister cannot file against his own government, which had ordered the district collector to look into the matter and submit a report.


There was a violation of the collective cabinet responsibility by the minister, the held.

"It shows that you have no in your own and chief minister," the bench said, observing it was "extremely improper" for a minister to file a against his own

Although Chandy, who holds the transport portfolio, submitted that he had quit the membership from the company's director board when he assumed charge as minister, the said it has no idea about his position in the firm.

He also stated that he approached the as an ordinary citizen and not as a minister.

Earlier, the gave an option to Chandy to withdraw the petition, but he did not do so following which it passed the order.

Opposition Congress and the BJP have demanded Chandy's resignation following allegations of large-scale violation of the Land Conservation Act and Conservation of Paddy Land and Wetland Act by the tourist resort run by Water World Tourism company at Alappuzha in which he has stake.

In his petition, Chandy said all sorts of "wild and baseless" allegations were being raised against his Water World Tourism Company, targeting him "with the set agenda orchestrated" by his political rivals, interested parties and the media.

The district collector of Alappuzha also fell into their hands, he charged.

He contended that an 'unfair' inquiry was conducted by the district collector disregarding principle of natural justice after the 'intervention' of the office of the revenue minister.

During arguments today, counsel for Chandy, a businessman -turned-politician representing the NCP in the cabinet, pressed for expunging any reference to the minister in the report.

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First Published: Tue, November 14 2017. 18:58 IST
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