Golf Club issue: Chandy ridicules Kerala Govt

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Thiruvananthapuram, June 3 (UNI) Leader of the Opposition in the Kerala Assembly Oommen Chandy today blamed it on the ''inability and irresponsibility'' on the part of the Kerala Government for the strictures passed by the High Court against the Government on the Golf Club issue.

When the case was sub-judice, the Government had taken over the Golf Club here without heeding the Advocate General's suggestion in this regard, he alleged in a statement here.

Pointing out that this was a classic example of lack of collective responsibility on the Government's part, Mr Chandy said the Government had violated the assurance given by the Advocate General in the High Court on the issue.

If the Golf Club had violated the conditions, the Government could have taken it over in a prescribed and transparent manner after convincing the court. Instead, taking over the Club challenging the court and legal procedures was ''objectionable,'' he said.

It may be recalled that the High Court had yesterday directed the State Government to hand over the Golf Club and the property situated therein to the officials of the Club, holding that the Government's action in taking possession of the Club property was violative of the principles of natural justice. The court also directed the Revenue Secretary to appear in person before the court on June nine to answer the charges of alleged disregard to the instructions of the Advocate General.

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