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Media shown the door in court in Kerala once again

Press Trust of India  |  Thiruvananthapuram 

Media persons, who assembled to cover proceedings at a Vigilance here today with regard to a petition against Industries Minister E P Jayarajan on the appointment row, were allegedly dragged out of the room by a section of lawyers in the presence of the judge.

The lawyers also allegedly threatened the media persons with dire consequences.

The incident occurred in the presence of Vigilance Judge A Badaruddin and senior advocates who were present when the private petition came up for hearing.

The incident comes just three days after High Chief Justice Mohan M Shantanagoudar had assured Chief Minister that media would not be prevented from covering proceedings.

A lawyer also allegedly slapped a reporter and punched him.

Two women reporters were later escorted out of the complex by women police personnel.

On seeing the commotion, the judge intervened saying there should not be any problem inside the room.

A Special Vigilance had yesterday ordered Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau to file its reply by today on alleged appointments of relatives by Jayarajan to key state PSU posts.

The complaint in the Special Vigilance had sought filing of FIR and registration of case against Jayarajan.

The complainant contended that nepotism amounted to corruption. It also wanted registration of a case under Prevention of Corruption Act against the minister.

Besides the complaint at the court, other petitions including that of Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala and BJP leader V Muraleedharan seeking filing of FIR and registering a case against Jayarajan are pending before the

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First Published: Fri, October 14 2016. 13:57 IST