Relief for Kerala CM as case against him sent to full bench of Kerala Lok Ayukta


Thiruvananthapuram:In a quick aid to Pinarayi Vijayan, the Kerala Lok Ayukta on Friday referred the case pertaining to misuse of Chief Minister’s Misery Reduction Fund (CMDRF) by the earlier authorities, additionally led by him, to a full bench within the wake of a cut up verdict by a two-judge bench.

The judgment comes as a short lived aid for Vijayan as he can breathe straightforward until the complete bench delivers its verdict.

Senior advocate on the apex courtroom MRBhilash mentioned there appears to be benefit within the case and now it is the complete bench that can resolve.

The case, awaiting verdict for the previous one 12 months, gained traction solely after the petitioner approached the Excessive Courtroom final week searching for its intervention.

The Excessive Courtroom requested the petitioner to method the Lok Ayukta together with his petition and it was after this ruling got here, that the Lokayukta determined to take up the case on Friday.

Public activist RS Sasikumar had filed the case in 2018, which pertains to misusing the funds within the CMDRF.

Sasikumar had alleged that the cash was given to those that weren’t eligible for the aid. These included the household of a deceased CPI(M) legislator, the household of a high chief from a Left ally who handed away, and in addition to a Kerala Police officer who died when his car met with an accident whereas accompanying then high chief of the CPI(M), Kodiyeri Balakrishnan.

Through the fag finish of the primary Vijayan authorities, the then State Greater Education Minister KT Jaleel needed to give up following the Lokayukta verdict indicting him for misuse of official powers.

However the saving grace for Jaleel was the decision got here solely after the voting to the April 2021 Meeting elections.

The plea to the anti-corruption ombudsman was filed in September 2018 and the listening to ended on March 18, 2022. Since then the decision has been saved pending.

This verdict is anticipated at a time when Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan continues to sit down on the Invoice that tweaked the powers of the Kerala Lokayukta.

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