Decision of cabinet cannot be challenged in Lok Ayukta: State govt

Thiruvananthapuram: The state government on Friday argued that the Lok Ayukta cannot question the cabinet decisions. While considering a complaint received over the alleged misappropriation of the relief fund, the state government pointed out that the state cabinet is not comprised of government employees. Therefore, Lok Ayukta cannot question the decision taken by the cabinet.

Lok Ayukta asked whether permission from the Finance Minister was sought while an issue affecting the finance of the state was tabled before the Cabinet.

Reacting to the recent ordinance, Justice Cyriac Joseph, the Lok Ayukta of Kerala, said that they still can file a report under section 14 of the Lok Ayukta act. It is up to the government to decide whether to consider it or not, he said.

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