Kerala HC slams minister Thomas Chandy, asks him to resign

Thomas Chandy

Kerala HC rejects minister Thomas Chandy's plea to quash report on land grab charges

Following the HC verdict, the chief minister finally ended his silence on the Chandy issue, telling mediapersons Tuesday that he would take the right decision on the issue at an appropriate time.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said an "appropriate decision" on the minister would be taken after considering the court's order and NCP's stand.

"Never before has the court made an observation that the cabinet has lost its collective responsibility".

Former state Congress president V.M. Sudheeran termed Vijayan "a coward of the first order" for failing to ask Chandy to quit and added that the Chief Minister should resign. "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. "The image of the Left government has taken a severe beating", said Ramesh.

It is based on the principle of collective responsibility that the entire cabinet resigns even if a no-confidence motion is passed against a single minister, the court pointed out.

On Tuesday, the Kerala High Court dismissed a petition by Chandy for quashing the Alappuzha district collector's report which alleged large-scale land grab by him to build a plush resort. The court said the minister could approach the collector with his grievances regarding her report.

Chennithala said they had come to know of Tankha's decision to appear for Chandy only yesterday and immediately AICC General secretary in charge of Kerala, Mukul Wasnik, was informed.

A group of Youth Congress workers raised slogans and waved black flags at Tankha as he stepped out of a posh hotel here to proceed to the High Court, police said. Vijayan said the LDF had earlier chose to entrust him to take an appropriate decision on the matter after looking into all aspects.

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

Media reports also suggest that Mr. Chandy would leave for Delhi on Tuesday itself to call on the central leadership of the NCP to ensure their support in the wake of the HC rap putting a question mark over his position in the LDF cabinet.

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