Kerala Education Minister K T Jaleel resigns after Lokayukta report indicts him for abuse of power

By: |
April 13, 2021 3:44 PM

KT Jaleel had moved to the Kerala High Court yesterday seeking a stay on the Lokayukta order.

KT Jaleel Kerala Pinarayi VijayanAccording to reports, KT Jaleel sent his resignation to the CM which has been forwarded to the Governor.

Kerala Higher Education minister K T Jaleel today resigned from the Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan-led cabinet following a report by the state Lokayukta which found that he had abused his position as a public servant to obtain a favour for a relative. According to reports, KT Jaleel sent his resignation to the CM which has been forwarded to the Governor.

The Lokayukta verdict came after a complaint was filed by a Muslim Youth League leader in November 2018, alleging that Adeeb, a cousin of Jaleel, was appointed general manager in the Kerala State Minorities Development Finance Corporation, flouting the law and procedures. Adeeb was the manager of a private bank when the appointment was made.

KT Jaleel yesterday moved the Kerala High Court seeking a stay on the Lokayukta order. A division bench of the Lokayukta had on Friday submitted the report indicting Jaleel to the Chief Minister and had said the minister should not continue in the post. The bench had held that the allegation of abuse of power, favouritism and nepotism against the minister was proven.

Pinarayi Vijayan and KT Jaleel were under pressure from the opposition which did not lose the opportunity to corner the LDF government over various issues including the multi-crore SNC Lavalin Scam. Kerala Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala yesterday said that CM Pinarayi Vijayan who is also an accused in the Lavlin case may go to any extent to protect any corrupt individual.

Ramesh Chennithala said that the spirit of E K Nayanar who brought the Lokayukta law will never forgive Pinarayi Vijayan as he is not asking Jaleel to resign. He said that though it is impossible to file an appeal against the verdict of Lokayukta, the minister has approached the court against it.

Get live Stock Prices from BSE, NSE, US Market and latest NAV, portfolio of Mutual Funds, Check out latest IPO News, Best Performing IPOs, calculate your tax by Income Tax Calculator, know market’s Top Gainers, Top Losers & Best Equity Funds. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Financial Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest Biz news and updates.

Next Stories
1Consistent efforts by UP govt to empower specially-abled people: CM Yogi Adityanath
2MSP to continue, committee formed to make it more effective and transparent: Narendra Singh Tomar
3Kejriwal is a power greedy outsider: Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi