Kerala assembly ruckus case: Accused including minister V Sivankutty file appeal in SC
New Delhi: The accused in the Kerala assembly ruckus case including minister V Sivankutty filed an appeal in the Supreme Court requesting a stay on the high court order directing them to undergo trial. Former ministers E P Jayarajan, K T Jaleel, former MLAs K Kunhammad, C K Sadasivan and K Ajith are the other accused in the case.
The minister and the former MLAs pointed out in the appeal that criminal case cannot be charged against them as they have the privilege of MLAs and the act took place inside the assembly. The petitioners also pointed out that the public prosecutor decided to withdraw the case and the high court has no right to cancel this decision.
The appeal was filed when the top court was about to consider the petition of the Kerala government requesting to withdraw the case. The division bench headed by Justice D Y Chandrachud will be considering the state government's plea on Tuesday.
The government made it clear in the petition that the case filed by the assembly secretary without the permission of the Speaker will not exist. Standing counsel G Prakash filed the special leave petition on behalf of the state government.
Meanwhile, opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala filed a caveat petition in the supreme court requesting to hear his version of the case before pronouncing an interim order.
The ruckus in the Kerala assembly took place in 2015 amid the budget presentation of the then finance minister K M Mani during the tenure of the UDF government. The assembly witnessed a ruckus on the day including damage to public property and other nuisance.