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After Kerala High Court rap, Thomas Chandy could exit Pinarayi Vijayan Cabinet 

Chandy, the richest legislator in the state, had submitted a petition in the High Court seeking quashing of the IAS officer’s report alleging that his perspective on the issue was not heard.

By: Express Web Desk | Kochi | Updated: November 14, 2017 6:15 pm
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The LDF government in Kerala is likely to see the exit of a third minister from the cabinet in over a year after the High Court rapped Transport Minister Thomas Chandy in connection with allegations of land encroachment against him. Chandy, the lone NCP minister in the CPM-led government, is battling charges of violating wetland rules by allegedly encroaching a section of the Marthandam Lake to construct facilities for a resort that he owns with a relative. A fact-finding report by Alapuzha Collector T V Anupama had affirmed that the approach roads and parking facilities were constructed by illegally encroaching on land.

Chandy, the richest legislator in the state, had submitted a petition in the High Court seeking quashing of the IAS officer’s report alleging that his perspective on the issue was not heard. Prominent news channels like Mathrubhumi reported that the HC asked how Chandy could file a petition against the government that he himself was a part of. The court observed that the minister should have presented his view in front of the Collector instead of dragging it to court, the channel reported.

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The NCP, an ally of the CPM in the state, will meet on Tuesday and is likely to make its stand clear on its lone representative in the cabinet. So far, the party had refused to press for Chandy’s resignation. If the party agrees to his resignation, it would lead to a situation where the NCP will not have representation in the government since it has only two MLAs in the state. A K Saseendran, one of the two NCP MLAs in the Assembly, had to step down earlier this year after a leaked phone tape of him indulging in lewd conversation with a woman.

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While the CPI had pressed for Chandy’s resignation, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said decision will be taken over Chandy at the right time. “We will take appropriate decision at the right time, after considering High Court’s observation and NCP meeting decision. We will implement LDF’s decision,” said Vijayan.

has so far maintained silence on the matter. Despite reporters asking him about it in Kozhikode, the chief minister left the venue without saying anything. An earlier LDF coordination committee had entrusted the decision-making to the chief minister.

The Opposition Congress, which has consistently maintained that Chandy should go, was left red-faced when its Rajya Sabha MP from Madhya Pradesh, Vivek Tankha appeared in the High Court as part of Chandy’s legal counsel. Tankha was shown black flags on way to the court premises by youth Congress workers.

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  1. S
    Nov 14, 2017 at 8:41 pm
    ha ha ha... This is left minded sickulars in their true colors. Good match with their other brethren in Congress.
    1. A
      Nov 14, 2017 at 8:14 pm
      All political parties have their share of corrupt and criminals as their leaders , MLAs, MPs, ministers, CMs or even PM. What need to be investigated is - if this minister indulge in encroaching the wet-land while he was a minster misusing the power entrusted in him? If he is not done anything during his tenor as minister, then he didn't have to resign from the cabinet, but fight the case as a private citizen in the court and accept whatever the judgment that comes out of this case. Otherwise, what about Modi? who was the CM in Gujarat during the riot and he did not resign though many cases were charged against him. Of course the case was later rejected for lack of evidence, surely when the riots happened and the accused is the CM, and investigation and trial was conducted within the states, anyone can clean-up all mess and present very clean practices.
      1. T
        The Observer
        Nov 14, 2017 at 4:01 pm
        NCP continues to hold on to its image of the most opportunistic and corrupt political party and follows its worthy leader to T. Keep it up!!