Life Mission: SC lawyer to appear for govt in HC
Kochi: A Supreme Court lawyer will appear for the state government in the High Court. On Thursday, the High Court will consider the government’s appeal against CBI probe into Life Mission scam.
K V Vishwanathan, senior advocate of the Supreme Court, will appear for the government through video conference from Delhi.
On Wednesday, the state government moved an appeal against CBI probe into the Life Mission scam in the Kerala High Court.
Life Mission CEO has filed the plea seeking to nullify the FIR registered by CBI based on the complaint of MLA Anil Akkara.
The petition also criticised the central government’s order on CBI probe into Life Mission scam and noted the FIR as illegal. In the petition, the state government also pointed out that the centre should not issue an order for CBI probe by overriding the state police system.
The state government had taken advice on the matter from legal brains, who pointed out that the FIR could be quashed as it was illegal and that the government had no role in the matter.
The weekly Cabinet meeting on Wednesday discussed the issue and gave its nod to move the court.
Life Mission CEO UV Jose, a senior IAS officer, has been summoned to appear before the CBI with all the documents on October 5.
The Mission's contention is that the agreement for the construction was inked between UAE-based charity Red Crescent, which is funding the construction at Wadakkancherry in Thrissur district, and Unitech Builders. The state has no role and hence the FIR is illegal and should be quashed, it added.
The latest development comes a day after Leader of the Opposition Ramesh Chennithala warned of legal and political steps against any move by the Pinarayi Vijayan government to bring an ordinance to keep the CBI out of the probe.
Experts, however, had said that there was very little scope for any favourable court order for the state since the CBI could take a suo motu notice in the matter related to an alleged violation of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act. It did not require the state's concurrence, they added.
The Life Mission project, a pet project of Pinarayi Vijayan ever since he assumed the CM's office in 2016, was floated to build houses for the homeless and landless, using funds raised through sponsorships. The state's role was limited to only providing the land.
(With added inputs from IANS)