Thomas Chandy contemplating moving SC after high court rap


Thomas Chandy contemplating moving SC after high court rap

He contended that an "unfair" inquiry was conducted by the district collector disregarding principle of natural justice after the "intervention" of the office of the revenue minister.

Chandy must fight this issue legally as a common citizen: Kerala High Court.

Congress Rajya Sabha MP Vivek Tankha Tuesday faced the ire of Youth Congress workers as they staged a protest here against the senior Supreme Court lawyer's decision to defend Kerala's beleaguered minister Thomas Chandy in the encroachment case in the Kerala High Court.

The court slammed the minister for approaching it challenging the government in which he is also a part.

In two sessions, on either side of the lunch break, the judges made a number of damning observations about the minister. The state government also faced criticism from the bench, which questioned the lack of action on the collector's report and said the government was trying to place it on the court's shoulders.

Mr. Vijayan has received flak for his alleged kid-glove treatment of Chandy despite Alappuzha district collector submitting a report to the government confirming that the minister illegally reclaimed revenue land to construct an approach road and a parking lot for the resort owned by him.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said an "appropriate decision" on the minister would be taken after considering the court's order and NCP's stand. There was once a Kayal (lake) Raja, Murikkummoottil Thommen Joseph, who created history worth emulating in the 1930s by converting about 2,000 acres of a lake into the cultivable paddy fields of Kuttanad.

Chief Minister Vijayan told the media that the decision of Chandy's Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) is awaited.

Thomas Chandy had moved the high court challenging the findings of an official probe that said he was guilty of public land encroachment and ecological violations.

A division bench of the court severely criticized the minister for such a move, saying that he can not approach the court as a minister and a common man at the same time. Chandy on Tuesday evening canceled his plan to go to New Delhi for a meeting with the national leadership of the NCP.