Thomas Chandy’s petition unconstitutional: HC
Kochi: The High Court has said that the petition filed by Thomas Chandy against Alappuzha district collector's report on the land encroachment issue, is unconstitutional.
“No minister can file a petition against his own government. The minister cannot continue in the cabinet after submitting a petition against the government. It is a violation of the legal system," the High Court said.
Mathrubhumi News has received a copy of the report.
“In the petition, Thomas Chandy said that the district collector conducted the probe on the directions of the Revenue Minister's Office. If so, Thomas Chandy has approached the court against a minister in the cabinet. Thomas Chandy does not have the right to submit such a petition. It is a violation of the constitution,” the court said.
The court also said that Thomas Chandy can approach the district collector against the mentioning of his name in the report.
Thomas Chandy's plea was rejected by the Division Bench of Justice P. N. Raveendran and Justice Devan Ramachandran. The High Court had come down heavily on his decision to file a plea against the district collector’s report. The court had said the government has lost its confidence on the minister.