Is ‘Vigilance Raj’ prevailing in state, asks HC
Ernakulam: Severely censuring the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau, the Kerala High Court on Monday asked whether Vigilance Raj’ is prevailing in the state.
“The Vigilance is even posing questions about the Cabinet decisions. Vigilance court should not pave way for unwanted arguments,” it said while considering the case relating to the appointment of N Sankar Reddy.
In the report submitted to the Vigilance court the other day, the VACB had cited violation of norms in granting promotion to Sankar Reddy during the previous UDF regime and his appointment as Vigilance Director.
Challenging the VACB stance, Sankar Reddy and former Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala had approached the High Court.
On Monday, the court criticised the VACB while considering Chennithala’s petition.
It may be noted that the LDF government had approved Sankar Reddy’s promotion. However, the VACB had decided to carry on with the probe into his appointment.
The court asked the agency why is it checking the appointments made by the previous government.
“The petition against Reddy has not mentioned any irregularities under the Prevention of Corruption Act. As the LDF government too has approved his appointment, how can the VACB challenge it," asked the court.