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Thomas Chandy contemplating moving SC after high court rap

Thomas Chandy contemplating moving SC after high court rap

The High Court said that the resignation of Transport Minister Thomas Chandy is ideal and came down heavily on his decision to file a plea against the district collector's report.

Breaking his silence on the matter, he told reporters here that the decision would be taken after examining the Kerala High Court order and NCP decision.

Ever since the allegation of land grab surfaced three months back, the Congress-led opposition, the BJP and even the second biggest ally of the Vijayan government - the Communist Party of India - had been demanding the resignation of Chandy.

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"This clearly shows that the "money power" of Chandy holds sway and Vijayan has a soft corner for him", said Chennithala. The state government also faced the court's wrath, with the bench questioning the lack of action on the part of the government on the district collector's report and said the government is trying to place it on the court's shoulders. "The image of the Left government has taken a severe beating", said Ramesh. Chandy, a businessman-turned-politician, is NCP's only minister in the Cabinet. Chandy's company allegedly violated the Kerala Land Conservancy Act and Kerala Conservation of Paddy Land and Wetland Act while building the road, an earlier petition had alleged.

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.

The opposition Congress' agitation against Chandy lost some steam after its own Rajya Sabha MP and lawyer Vivek Tankha appeared for the minister in the high court. "I'll arrive at decision after getting a copy of the verdict", he had said while speaking to media persons here on Tuesday evening. A meeting of the Nationalist Congress Party's state executive committee will be held here today amid mounting pressure on Transport Minister Thomas Chandy to quit over allegations of land encroachments by his lake resort in Alappuzha district. He dismissed the question on why he appeared for a political opponent.


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