SC tosses Kerala's petition against HC order scrapping vigilance case against Thushar Vellappally

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New Delhi: Supreme Court on Monday rejected the petition filed by the Kerala government against the revocation of the vigilance case against BDJS leader Thushar Vellappally regarding the Devaswom Board appointments. The petition was pulled down by Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Surya Kant. The court pointed out that the government might be proceeding with the case to fulfil personal vendetta.

The bench noted that all the appointments carried out violating the procedure cannot be considered a crime. Thushar and eight others were charged for appointing A Raju as Foreman Grade One and K Ranjith as System Analyst, who were ineligible for the posts. Thushar was a Guruvayur Devaswom Board member during the time of the appointment. Raju was already a senior technician in the electrical department of Guruvayur devaswom from 2011 to 2013.

After conducting a probe, the investigation team filed a charge sheet at the Vigilance Court in Thrissur. However, the High Court discarded the case. Kerala challenged it in SC.

Standing Counsel Nishe Rajan Shoker, who appeared for the state, argued that the appointments made by misusing the official position had resulted in a financial loss for the government. He also accused conspiracy behind the appointments.

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