New Delhi: Former Minister Thomas Chandy has filed an appeal in the Supreme Court against the High Court's dismissal of his plea in the land encroachment case. In his appeal, Chandy has sought a stay on the High Court verdict and also on further actions based on the Alappuzha District Collector’s report in which his name has been mentioned.

In his appeal filed in the apex court, Chandy clarified that he filed the petition in the High Court as an individual and not as a minister.

Referring to the High Court's observations, he said if the cabinet's decision comes out as an order of the government and is questioned, only then it becomes a violation or challenging the collective responsibility of the cabinet. 

In this case, it is only a collector’s report not a government order. He has only questioned the action of the revenue department, he said in the appeal. Thomas Chandy intends to engage one of the senior advocates like Harish Salve or Mukul Rohatgi for him.

Thomas Chandy has earlier approached the High Court demanding cancellation of Alappuzha District Collector’s report on the land encroachment issue. But the court criticized him and observed that the cabinet has lost the collective responsibility as a minister has approached the court against the government.

This followed his resignation as Transport Minister.