Nepotism row: Jaleel moves SC claiming Lok Ayukta denied justice
New Delhi: MLA and former minister K T Jaleel approached the Supreme Court requesting to stay the Lok Ayukta report against him on the nepotism row. He also asked the court to stay the Kerala High Court order upholding the Lok Ayukta report. Jaleel had resigned from the first Pinarayi-led cabinet following the controversy.
Jaleel's second cousin K T Abeeb was appointed as the general manager of the Minorities Development Financial Corporation in 2018.
Jaleel alleged that he was denied natural justice by the Lok Ayukta, and their report was prepared without listening to his version. He further alleged that the report was prepared based on only the verbal complaint of the complainants.
Normal procedures like conducting a preliminary investigation, providing the accused with a copy of the same and listening to his version were not followed in this case. This is violation of Lok Ayukta rules 9 and 16, Jaleel pointed out in his petition.
Adeeb's appointment is legal. Government only vetted the appointment which was made by the corportation. Adeeb is not underqualified for the post. On the other hand, he is overqualified, Jaleel stated in the plea.