Friday, 17 November, 2017

Thomas Chandy says won't quit over HC remarks, to meet Pinarayi today

The big news Centre imposes fuel norms for Delhi 2 years before schedule and 9 other top stories 'Tainted' Kerala minister Thomas Chandy resigns
Kenny Thornton | 15 November, 2017, 04:26

The court said the minister could approach the collector with his grievances regarding her report.

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 court said it has no idea about his position in the firm.

The court asked how a minister could file a petition against the government, and suggested that resigning from the Cabinet was the ideal option for him, Mathrubhumi reported. However, on reaching Capital he changed his stand. He maintained that the court did not term Chandy guilty of encroachment. "Vijayan appears to have stumbled before the "cash rich" Chandy and Vijayan is also now an accused like Chandy as he has failed to ask for his resignation", said Sudheeran.

Congress leaders including former PCC Chief VM Sudheeran and Leader of the Opposition in Kerala Assembly Ramesh Chennithala have expressed their displeasure over the Madhya Pradesh MP's decision to defend Chandy, an NCP nominee in the CPI (M)-led LDF government. The judges found the minister moving court against the state government to be a violation of the collective responsibility of the Cabinet and therefore against the Constitution. A decision on Chandy's future in Cabinet is likely to be taken at the meeting scheduled at 8 am. He would have talks with CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan also.

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Despite this furore, the chief minister has said a decision will be taken when the time is ripe-not quite in character when one recalls the alacrity with which he first let go his second-in-command E P Jayarajan and A K Saseendran, Chandy's party-mate from the NCP.

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

The state leadership of the Congress has expressed their strong resentment to the party high command.

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