A visual of the ruckus in the Assembly in 2015 | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government has changed its lawyer in the case pertaining to the ruckus inside the Assembly in 2015.
The government changed the deputy director of prosecution. The responsibility has been handed over to Assistant Prosecutor Jayil Kumar.
Earlier, the government had filed a petition seeking to withdraw the case but it was rejected by the court. Following this, Left leaders complained that the lawyer did not support the government. Based on the complaint, the government changed the lawyer.
The case pertains to Left MLAs creating a ruckus in the Assembly on March 13, 2015 to prevent then Finance Minister K. M. Mani from presenting the budget. This resulted in damages worth Rs 2 lakh inside the Assembly.
Kottayam natives M. T. Thomas and Peter Mayiliparambil had filed a petition in the court not to withdraw the case. The court refused to withdraw the case as there were charges of damage to public property.
The two petitioners argued that the ruckus inside the Assembly was aired live on TV channels. If action is not taken against those responsible for such unlawful activities, the public would lose faith in the law. The court agreed with this argument.
The LDF staged protests inside and outside the Assembly alleging that K, M. Mani had accepted a bribe of Rs 1 crore. The Left MLAs barged into the Speaker’s podium and destroyed chairs and computers.
There are six accused in the case including E. P. Jayarajan, K. T. Jaleel, K. Kunjahammed Master, K. Ajit, C. K. Sadasivan and V. Sivankutty.
The government filed a petition in the court to withdraw the case based on a letter sent by V. Sivankutty to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.