Kerala governor seeks legal opinion on reinstating Saji Cheriyan to cabinet

Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan | Photo: Sabu Scaria/ Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan has sought legal advice in the move of CPM to reinstate Saji Cheriyan in the state cabinet.

Khan has sought the opinion of high court standing counsel Adv Gopakumar Nair on whether there are any legal issues with Cheriyan taking oath.

CPM state secretariat had decided to bring back Cheriyan who resigned in July over an alleged anti-Constitutional remark. He was handling the fisheries department.

Cheriyan was the only representative from the Alappuzha district in the cabinet. He is also state secretariat member of CPM. His presence in the cabinet is crucial for the party.

The oath taking is likely to be on January 4. UDF and BJP have already expressed their dissent.

Recently, Kerala High Court had dismissed petitions seeking removal of Cheriyan as MLA over the speech. Kerala Police had told a local court that the comments of Cheriyan did not amount to abuse of the Constitution. These are the reasons cited by CPM to reinstate him in the cabinet.

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