Ruckus in Assembly: HC refuses stay; Jayarajan, Jaleel to appear in trial court tomorrow

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The detailed hearing on the appeal will be held next Tuesday.

A visual of the ruckus in the Assembly in 2015 | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Tuesday rejected the state government’s plea seeking a stay on the case pertaining to creating ruckus in the Assembly. Following this, ministers EP Jayarajan and KT Jaleel are to appear in the trail court on Wednesday.

A case was registered against then MLAs Jayarajan and Jaleel for damaging public property after the Assembly witnessed unprecedented and ugly scenes on March 13, 2015 as opposition LDF members tried to prevent then finance minister K M Mani, who was facing charges in the bar bribery scam, from presenting the state budget.

Besides flinging the Speaker's chair from the podium, electronic equipment like computers, keyboard and mikes on the desk of the presiding officer were also damaged by LDF members.

Later when LDF came into power, the government attempted to withdraw the case and filed a petition in this regard at the CJM Court in Thiruvananthapuram. However, the court opposed this move and ordered a trial. It also ordered the ministers and MLAs to appear in court on Wednesday.

Following this, the government moved the High Court demanding a stay on the trial court order directing the ministers and MLAs to appear in court. State government also filed an appeal against the CJM court's decision that the case can’t be withdrawn.

However, the HC also rejected the plea demanding stay on the trial court order. The detailed hearing on the appeal will be held next Tuesday.

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