Jaleel seeks stay on Lokayukta order; HC to consider his plea on Tuesday

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KT Jaleel | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Kochi: Minister for higher education KT Jaleel has approached the High Court seeking a stay on the Lokayukta order which declared him guilty of nepotism. The vacation bench of the court will consider his petition on Tuesday.

The Lokayukta found KT Jaleel guilty of abuse of power, favouritism, nepotism and violation of Oath of Office and ordered that he should 'not continue to hold the post held by him as a Member of the Council of Ministers.'

In the petition before HC, Jaleel questioned the Lokayukta order and appealed the court to issue a stay order for preventing further action into the Lokayukta verdict. The minister also filed a writ petition against the Lokayukta order.

Jaleel has observed that the order against him is illegal. In the petition, he pointed out that the order which directs to expel from the council of ministers will not have legal validity.

Amidst this, the Lokayukta will hand over a copy of the verdict to the Chief Minister’s office by Monday evening. The Chief Minister is expected to take action on the order after receiving this copy.

The findings by the Lokayukta Justice Cyriac Joseph and Upa Lokayukta Harul Ul Rashid are based on a complaint against the Minister, saying that he misused his office to appoint his relative KT Adeeb as general manager in the Kerala State Minorities Development Finance Corporation Limited.

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