IUML MLA approaches SC against merger of Malappuram district co-op bank with Kerala Bank

B Balagopal/ Mathrubhumi News  

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court received a plea demanding an immediate stay on the merger of Malappuram district cooperative bank with Kerala Bank. The petition was filed by IUML MLA and president of Malappuram district cooperative bank UA Latheef and bank vice president PT Ajay Mohan. The plea accused the government of attempting to grab the rights of cooperative societies through its arbitrary amendments.

The petition filed by the same parties over the same matter is still under consideration by the Kerala High Court. However, both the single bench and the division bench of the Kerala High Court were reluctant to stay the merger procedures. The fresh petition filed at the Supreme Court pointed out that the government has initiated the merger procedures even as the detailed hearing of the plea submitted over the matter remains pending at the Kerala High Court.

The merging of the Malappuram district cooperative bank with the Kerala Bank has been put into action based on the 74 H amendment in the Kerala Cooperative Societies Act. The amendment facilitates the government in taking up merging procedures within 15 days of issuing notice to A class members. However, the petitioners alleged that the amendment violated the 44 A section in the Banking Regulation Act of 1947.

13 district cooperative banks merged with the Kerala Bank. The UDF-controlled Malappuram district co-operative bank was the only district cooperative bank in the state that refused to be part of Kerala Bank.

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