Jaleel's letter tweaking qualification to favour relative made public
Kochi: The letter written by Higher Education Minister K T Jaleel to change the qualification requirements of the Corporation so that his relative K T Adeeb becomes eligible has come out. The letter suggests to change the qualification requirement for the general manager post in the Kerala State Minorities Development Corporation, flouting rules. The letter also suggests that as per the qualification of Adeeb, the post should be altered.
Jaleel had written the letter 2 months after he became the minister. The previous government had laid down the educational qualification to appoint people in the Kerala State Minorities Development Corporation on 29.6.2013. Jaleel had recommended changes in this guideline and had written to the GID secretary on 26.7.2016.
Jaleel wanted the qualification for the post of general manager in the corporation to be BTech with PGDBA so that his cousin could be eligible. Adeeb, his second cousin, has BTech with PGDBA.
The Lokayuktha has taken this as strong evidence and found that the allegation of abuse of power, favoritism and nepotism against the minister has been proved.
The Muslim Youth League had alleged that Adeeb K T, a cousin of Jaleel, was appointed general manager in the Kerala State Minorities Development Finance Corporation, flouting rules.
"...this forum is satisfied that the allegation of abuse of power, favoritism, nepotism and violation of oath of office is substantiated against Dr K T Jaleel, Minister for Higher Education and Minority Welfare," the Lok Ayukta said in its order.
The Lok Ayukta observed that the direction to add the qualification was without any proposal or suggestion from the Corporation and that Adeeb would not have been eligible to apply for it.