Kozhikode: In a recent development over the nepotism charges filed against minister KT Jaleel, the Minorities Finance Development Corporation chairman and MD have come out in support of the minister.

Chairman of the corporation AP Abdul Wahab said that only Adeeb was qualified for the position of the General Manager and so he was appointed. He was addressing a media conference.

Among the seven who attended the interview, only Adeeb had the required qualifications and experience. As South Indian bank is a statutory board, the appointment wasn’t against any law. Also Adeeb was only appointed for a year on deputation, he said.

The incident came to light when the Youth League state general secretary PK Firos, after checking the list of the applicants to the post of General Manager, raised allegations of nepotism against KT Jaleel.

The corporation chairman explained that among the seven applicants, five of them were MBA graduates, but worked in private firms. So they could not be appointed on deputation. Though the 6th person was working as under-secretary in the finance department, he did not hold the MBA degree. The last person was Adeeb and he had the required PGDBA and work experience.

Apart from Youth League, the Yuva Morcha had come out against Jaleel and have been demanding his resignation. The allegations stated that minister allowed relaxation in the requirements to appoint his nephew for the post. The issue became more complicated when Jaleel posted his explanation on Facebook and also while addressing the media. However, the chairman and MD of the corporation have come out defending his statements.

MBA is still the requirement to the position of General Manager to any corporations across the state. But the changes were made only to the position of general manager in the Minorities Finance Development Corporation.

The authorities had made it clear that the corporation haven’t instructed any re-examination of the qualification. So the allegations by the Youth League that relaxation was made by the minister for his relative meets some point. But the leadership haven’t responded on the issue.

The law only allows to appointment on deputation, those working under the government sector or any government run agencies. The Youth League alleged that the minister appointed his nephew who was working under a private bank. But the corporation defended that the South Indian bank works under the RBI so the appointment hasn’t violated any law.