Setback for Vellapally; Criminal case accused should stay away from SN Trust administration: HC

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Kozhikode: In a major setback for Vellapally Natesan, general secretary of Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam (SNDP), Kerala High Court on Tuesday issued an order amending by-laws under Sree Narayana (SN) Trust.

According to the new amendment, those involved in fraud cases and those entangled in cases related to the trust's properties should stay away from the SNDP's administration. The court order also clarified that the person should not continue as trustee until he is acquitted.

The verdict could challenge Vellapally Natesan's position as general secretary due to the Microfinance fraud case against him.

In 2016, former CM VS Achuthanandan had approached the Thiruvananthapuram Vigilance Court alleging that SNDP yogam availed Rs 15 crore from Backward Classes Development Corporation at 2% interest and disbursed this amount as loan to people for 12% interest. Additionally, it was noted that SNDP leaders, including Natesan, benefitted from alleged irregularities in microfinance transactions.

Natesan is also the prime accused in a case pertaining to the suicide of KK Mahesan, former Kanichukulangara union secretary of SNDP Yogam.

The court issued an order amending the by-laws on a petition filed by former trust member Advocate Cherunniyoor Jayaprakash. The by-laws of SNDP Yogam were prepared by High Court. Therefore, only the high court could bring amendments to the by-laws.

The high court granted the civil court the right to remove the SNDP trustees from their position.

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