Nepotism row: Setback for KT Jaleel as Kerala High Court upholds Lokayukta verdict
As a major blow to the ruling LDF government, Kerala High Court has rejected the petition filed by former state Education Minister KT Jaleel against the Lokayukta verdict. A division bench comprising Justice PB Suresh Kumar and Justice K Babu dismissed the petition without accepting the preliminary argument in the petition.
In the plea, KT Jaleel had approached the court stating that there was an irregularity in the proceedings of the Lokayukta and that the order was issued even without conducting an inquiry into the complaint. The Kerala government too supported Jaleel's claim.
Earlier, last week, Jaleel who was the Higher Education Minister had resigned from the post. Lokayukta had observed that Jaleel has no moral right to continue in office as he has misused his powers and engaged in nepotism.
The Kerala High Court had rejected the petition demanding a stay on the Lokayukta verdict. Today, in addition to that the Court ruled that there was no mistake on the part of Lokayukta and so the High Court cannot intervene in the verdict.
According to reports, Jaleel sent a letter to the Secretary of the Corporation, proposing changes for qualifications required for the post. It is clear evidence that Jaleel had a hand in KT Adeeb’s appointment. Earlier, a leaked letter points out the direct involvement of KT Jaleel’s in appointing KT Adeeb as the General Manager at the Kerala State Minority Development Finance Corporation. He made the required changes in the post to include Adeeb in the list as well