Lok Ayukta: Amendments a way to save CM from 'Relief Fund’ case: VD Satheesan

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Thiruvananthapuram: Opposition leader VD Satheesan on Friday alleged that the state government's move to amend the Lok Ayukta Act is aimed at saving Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan from the ‘Disaster Relief Fund’ case.

“In an article written in 2019, the Chief Minister had said that the Lok Ayukta is a watchdog. But this stand changed when a case was brought before Lok Ayukta in 2022,” he said.

Meanwhile, separate cases against Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Minister of Higher Education Dr R Bindhu will be heard by the Lok Ayukta on February 4.

The move to amend the Lokayukta Act, which had existed for 22 years, is only aimed to get away from the case. The issue of unconstitutionality was brought by the LDF only after a case against Chief Minister was filed before Lok Ayukta, he said.

The opposition leader also pointed out that the sole power to declare a law passed by the legislature as unconstitutional lies only before a court. “The arguments made by the party secretary and ministers in support of the ordinance are mere justifications. The arguments have no basis whatsoever. Even the CPI, a part of the ruling front, had come out against the decision made by the state government,” Satheesan added.

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