Higher Education Minister K. T. Jaleel resigns following Lok Ayukta’s adverse finding. The Minister had on Monday moved the Kerala High Court against the Lok Ayukta’s decision

Minister for teaching and Minority Welfare K. T. Jalil delivered a letter of resignation to Chief Minister Pinaraya Vijayan. It was unclear whether or not Mr Vijayan sent them to visit Kerala Governor Arif Mohamed Khan. Mr Jaleel had come back underneath a cloud when the Kerala Lok Ayukta found him guilty of favouritism. during a damnatory finding last week, the panel found that Mr Jaleel had sought-after to lawlessly influence the Kerala State Minorities Welfare Commission to appoint “his second cousin” as chief.

The Lok Ayukta same Mr Jaleel’s action amounted to “abuse of power, favouritism, favouritism and violation of oath of office”. It said Mr Jaleel had displayed a “lack of integrity” as Minister by craft the duty qualification to fulfil his relative’s tutorial credentials.

Mr Jaleel looked as if it would target Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) leaders by obliquely touching on charges against them. He same he had survived many rounds of questioning by Central agencies investigation the UAE diplomatic building coupled gold importation case and emerged guilt-free.

Earlier, at the AKG Centre, Jaleel met with CPI(M) leaders. By one account, the party backed Mr Jaleel’s right to approach the HC. However, the leaders reportedly opined that political behaviour demanded that Mr Jaleel step down while not watching for the HC’s call.

CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Kodiyeri Balakrishnan was reportedly gifted at the AKG Centre. a celebration corporate executive observed that Industries Minister E. P. Jayarajan had resigned in 2016 on associate degree “unproven” charge of favouritism. In 2017, late Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and Transport Minister Thomas Chandy had quit the cupboard when a court found him guilty of lawlessly reclaiming wetlands. Hence, the CPI(M) expected Mr Jaleel to honour the LDF tradition.

CPI(M) acting State secretary A. Vijayaraghavan welcome Mr Jaleel’s call. He same the Minister had upheld the simplest traditions of the Left Democratic Front (LDF). In distinction, former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy had clung to power despite many adverse opinions from the Lok Ayukta, Mr Vijayaraghavan same, adding that UDF government’s Excise Minister K. baboo too shrugged off a Vigilance and Anti-Corruption court’s negative finding.

Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala same Mr Jaleel had no recourse however to resign. There was nothing moral in his action. He said it reeked of desperation and helplessness.

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