Kerala’s cabinet minister Thomas Chandy resigned today after the high court had filed a petition against the government. Thomas Chandy has been under surveillance from past month for the violation of various land-related laws. He was the National Congress Party leader who resigned today as the Transport Minister from the CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front in Kerala. Today, the transport minister handed over his resignation letter to party state president T.P. Peethambaran Master and later on it was handed over to CM Pinarayi Vijayan.
However, this is the third minister to resigning from the left democratic front government since came into power in 2016. The reason for resigning, Thomas Chandy is facing several allegations over the violated rule for the construction of parking areas and roads through a paddy field to his Lake Palace resort in Alappuzha district. Kerala High court has put various allegations over him regarding landgrab.
The minister had filed the petition against the report of Alappuzha’s district collector which includes Chandy’s detailed violation of rules in the Kerala high court. And later on, the court had dismissed his plea to quash Alappuzha’s district collector. While giving resignation Thomas Chandy made it clear that he will move to Supreme Court to remove the allegations made against him by the High Court. And said after that he would again join as the Cabinet minister.
— Rajeev Chandrasekhar (@rajeev_mp) November 15, 2017