Thomas Chandy resigns over land encroachment charges, third minister to quit Kerala cabinet in over a year

Thomas Chandy resigns: The Kerala minister's resignation is expected to hit the image of CM Pinarayi Vijayan hard since he has personally vowed not to tolerate corruption within the government.

Written by Vishnu Varma | Kochi | Updated: November 15, 2017 5:44 pm
Thomas Chandy, thomas chandy resigns, Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala government cabinet, Chandy resignation The Alappuzha district collector had found largescale violations of conservation regulations committed by Thomas Chandy-owned Lake Palace Resort.

After days of speculation, Kerala Transport Minister and NCP leader Thomas Chandy, facing land encroachment charges, has submitted his resignation from the cabinet. Chandy, the richest legislator in the state, is the third minister in Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s cabinet to step down in the last 16 months.

Chandy’s resignation letter was handed over to CM Vijayan by NCP state president TP Peethambaran Master. The letter has been forwarded to Governor P Sathasivam, the Chief Minister told reporters.

Chandy, the MLA from Kuttanad in Alappuzha district, is accused of violating wetland rules by encroaching a section of a lake to construct an approach road and parking facilities for the Lake Palace resort, that he owns with a relative. Alappuzha district collector TV Anupama had submitted a report, alleging gross violation of conservation norms, to the revenue department.

On Tuesday, a division bench of the Kerala High Court had dismissed Chandy’s petition seeking quashing of the collector’s report. The HC asked Chandy how he could petition against the government when he was a part of the cabinet and told him to approach the collector’s office.

Chandy, today, told Mathrubhumi News that Vijayan assured him that the transport ministry portfolio, allocated to the NCP, would remain vacant until he, or NCP MLA AK Saseendran, gets acquitted of the charges. The NCP, an ally of the CPM-led LDF, has only two MLAs in the Assembly – Chandy and Saseendran.

Chandy’s resignation is expected to hit the image of CM Vijayan hard since he has personally vowed not to tolerate corruption within the government. Saseendran, the former transport minister, had resigned in March this year after he was caught on tape having a sleazy conversation with a woman. Industries Minister EP Jayarajan too had quit last year over nepotism charges.

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  1. M
    Nov 16, 2017 at 12:47 am
    Firstly, politicians and babus make most complicated and impractical laws. Then, Govt. will collect the tax from public and only distribute the money on babu's, trade union's and politician's ries and nothing for development. They will not allow any honest person/entrepreneur to start any industries or grow anything in Kerala. This is how there are hardly any job for educated youth in Kerala and east they migrate to gulf and other places. Bring rich even in honest ways is a sin in Kerala. If one has to do any business, they are forced to break at least some laws. Then the Govt., TV channels and public go after the so called law-breakers. The cycle repeats year after year. Some non-sense crab mentality this and nothing else. Finally everybody suffers. At least public has the satisfaction everybody remain poor. What a state and country is this!
    1. L
      Lost country
      Nov 15, 2017 at 11:06 pm
      Thomas Chandy is just a pawn in the game of NCP Don. NCP wanted to convert huge amount of their illegal wealth via Government schmes , both at State and Center and also want to be in power. As such their policies are also bound to time, other parties, especially the ruling ones. So you can see that they support Marxists in Kerala, BJP in Goa and Congress in other places depending on their ability make money via manipulation, trapping , black mailing etc. Or how else we can explain the coronation of this person with Padma Vibushan by Modi ? Probably Manmohan Singh can explain this 'once in Century personality' better . All political parties are pawn in this mans game, he is very clever in that and we will see more heroics from NCP
      1. I
        Nov 15, 2017 at 8:40 pm
        Mr Vijayan, the CPM CM projected the Ex-CM, Mr ACHU-TA-NANDAN as the CM Candidate during election and usurped CM-SHIP after VICTORY. .................. MULTI BILLIONAIR CHANDY was allowed to hang on to his MINISTER-SHIP due to nefarious connection of CM Vijayan to Chandy. .............. BILLIONAIR CHANDY being part of a COMMUNIST Govt itself is an OXYMORON and a BIG JOKE.
        1. P
          Prem Nazir
          Nov 15, 2017 at 7:20 pm
          The newspapers, TV news...all are filled with news of corruption - at all levels -. This is one of them. He tried all gimmicks to avoid resignation, despite the rampant allegations circulating about him for weeks. His laughable pe ion to High Court and consequent exit from the Ministry. For P. Vijayan, this is the continuing story of sleaze, nepotism and now encroachment by his subordinates in a very short time. Now, the matter will end here and the ill-gotten wealth will be his, No politician is punished. Chinnamma gets VIP treatment in Parappana Agrahara jail. God-men also get - Gourmeet Singh. Morality, truth and propriety has lost the meaning and they are just words found only in text books. Politicians have collectively reduced India to this level.
          1. D
            Nov 15, 2017 at 5:57 pm
            The Marxists are digging a big deep for themselves.They have lost all credibility killings unabated and Ministers who have indulged in Loot.Thomas Chandy was indicted by the Collector over land grab and he had no business to continue but be sacked by CM.Pinarayi choice was wrong and Karat must explain.Jokers you dont fail so miserably and Marxists have done this precisely.The inaction in PFI case is nauseating as well
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