Saji Cheriyan likely to return to Kerala cabinet

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Thiruvananthapuram: MLA Saji Cheriyan who had to resign from his cabinet charges following his controversial remarks on the Constitution of India, is likely to retrieve his ministerial post. He may secure an entry into the cabinet if the court gives a clean chit to him. A few days back, the Kerala Police approached the court requesting to quash the case. The government will take a decision on Saji Cheriyan's reinstatement to cabinet once the court issues its order in the case.

The First Class Judicial Magistrate Court in Thiruvalla is expected to pronounce its verdict on the case soon. In the plea, the police noted that Saji Cheriyan had not intentionally attempted to insult the constitution.

Meanwhile, the Kerala High Court here on Thursday scrapped the petitions which sought the disqualification of Saji Cheriyan from the MLA post. Hence, the verdict of the Thiruvalla court remains crucial for him to return to his ministerial charges.

In his 50-minute and 12 seconds long speech, Saji Cheriyan mentioned the constitution only for 2 minutes. The public prosecutor opined that such a case will turn invalid, informed the police.

Police had not taken a suo moto case following the controversial speech of Saji Cheriyan at Mallappally on July 3. However, the magistrate court directed the police to register a case based on the petition received by the former. Later, police filed a plea to end the case after conducting a detailed probe.

Thiruvalla DySP has submitted a case diary with 420 pages at the magistrate court. The report noted that statements from 44 witnesses were collected and 39 witnesses among them were present when Saji Cheriyan delivered his speech. The other witnesses include the petitioner and lawyer Baiju Noyal and former MLA Joseph M Puthussery.

They had lodged complaints after noticing the visuals of the speech circulated on social media.

Though Saji Cheriyan resigned from his position as minister, no other person was appointed to fill his vacancy later. The party had informed to take further decisions only after the court would pronounce its final verdict.

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