KT Jaleel | Photo: Mathrubhumi Archives
Thiruvananthapuram: Higher Education and Minority Welfare Minister K T Jaleel will approach the High Court against the Lokayukta report which recommended his ouster over nepotism charges. He held talks with legal experts over the matter.
It is learned that he is trying to file a petition before the vacation bench. He is likely to request the court to consider the petition on emergency basis.
Meanwhile, legal experts have opined that minister KT Jaleel will face a major crisis over the report of Lokayukta. The issue is found to be a more serious matter as an authority appointed to curb corruption filed a report against the minister.
Lokayukta’s findings are not mere assumptions. The report carried declarations over the alleged nepotism charges against KT Jaleel, pointed out the legal experts.
Meanwhile, Supreme Court lawyer MR Abhilash observed that the Lokayukta report against the minister is incomplete. The report claimed that KT Jaleel is not eligible to continue in his post.
The minister can approach the High Court against the Lokayukta report. As the HC is closed for the summer holidays, there are limitations to file the petition. The next sitting in the High Court is scheduled on April 13.
Lokayukta has found serious lapses including misuse of power, nepotism and violation of oath on the part of the minister. The report also cited that Jaleel indulged in dishonest action while serving as a minister.
As per the rule, the Chief Minister should take action within 3 months after receiving a report from Lokayukta. This action should be informed to the Lokayukta. Lokayukta will submit a special report to the governor if they are not satisfied with the CM’s decision.
The governor has to submit this report for the consideration of the assembly, directs Kerala Lokayukta Act.
In the report, Lokayukta pointed out that Jaleel has violated the oath mentioned in schedule 3 of the constitution. It is observed that the charges against the minister would not be quashed by changing the section.