Arif Mohammed Khan | Photo: Mathrubhumi
New Delhi: Governor Arif Mohammad Khan on Thursday said that he would resign from his office if Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan could prove that Raj Bhavan had made illegal appointments. He questioned whether Kerala CM would be willing to resign from office if he was unable to prove or substantiate his allegation.
His remark came while meeting the media in New Delhi. Earlier, Pinarayi Vijayan said that Kerala Governor is acting as if he is above the judiciary and pushing to supersede the powers of the legislature.
"CM should clarify how I was involved in governance. I never did anything misusing my position," he said.
Khan pointed out that he had interfered in the appointment of the Vice-Chancellor at Kannur University after CM Pinarayi Vijayan got involved in the same.
"I have never interfered. But now I see all smuggling activities are patronised by the office of the Chief Minister (CMO). Now books are being written. People sitting in the CMO dictate Kannur University VC to appoint their relatives -- underqualified and unqualified. I have never interfered.
"But if the state government, the CMO and the people close to CM are involved in smuggling activities, definitely there are grounds for me to interfere," he said.
Meanwhile, Khan said the last date for VCs to reply to the show cause notice was extended to November 7.