Thomas Chandy to move SC against HC order

Thomas Chandy to move SC against HC order

Chandy on Tuesday evening canceled his plan to go to New Delhi for a meeting with the national leadership of the NCP. Asked if Mr Chandy would quit if the chief minister demands his resignation, Master sought to downplay it, saying "obviously a minister will have to do so if the chief minister makes such a demand".

On the minister's contentions against the findings of the collector's report, the court pointed out that he should have taken up his grievances with the district collector itself instead of knocking on the doors of the high court.

Vijayan had come under fire from several quarters for protecting Chandy, much against the wishes of the other allies of the Left Front government.

There was a violation of the collective cabinet responsibility by the minister, the court held. On Tuesday, Vijayan told reporters that he has learned about the court order and is in talks with the NCP leadership.

Responding to the court's remarks, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said he will take necessary action after studying the High Court observations. The CPI, the second largest party in the ruling coalition, persisted with a different tone - "When ministers lead parties, instead of parties leading their ministers, we have such unfortunate situations", state secretary Kanam Rajendran said.

Mr Vijayan said the LDF had earlier chose to entrust him to take an appropriate decision on the matter after looking into all aspects.

NCP state president T P Peethambaran Master, however, did not disclose to the media the decisions arrived at the executive. Despite the state Congress' attempts to stall Tankha through AICC intervention, he appeared for Chandy on Tuesday, after facing a protest by Youth Congress workers. Chandy had approached the court against Alappuzha District Collector T V Anupama's report which confirmed allegations of land encroachment and backwater reclamation for a resort the minister owns. He dismissed the question on why he appeared for a political opponent.