Reinduction of Saji Cheriyan only if court exonerates all charges; Governor receives legal advice

Saji Cheriyan, Governor Arif Mohammed Khan

Kochi: Kerala governor Arif Mohammed Khan has received legal advice saying former Minister Saji Cheriyan’s reinduction into the cabinet can be stalled unless the governor is convinced that the court has exonerated all charges levelled against him in the controversial speech case.

Governor’s legal advisor Dr S Gopakumaran Nair also suggested that it is not required to include Saji Cheriyan immediately in the cabinet of ministers.

The legal advisor opined that the former minister’s anti-constitutional remarks were inappropriate for the position he held as he was abiding by the constitutional oath of allegiance. Hence, S Gopakumaran Nair advised the governor to seek explanation from the government on why a notice was issued hastily in this case.

The governor is entitled to protect the constitution as per Article 159, reminded the legal advisor.

By this, the government’s decision to conduct the oath taking ceremony of Saji Cheriyan on Wednesday has met with stalemate. Raj Bhavan has not yet replied to the letter forwarded by the state government seeking approval for the oath taking ceremony of Saji Cheriyan.

On Monday, governor had informed that the re-instatement of Saji Cheriyan into the cabinet can be done only after going through the papers. He asserted that Saji Cheriyan’s reinduction is not a normal case.

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