Thiruvananthapuram, June 9: Former Kerala Assembly Speaker T S John passed away at a hospital at Chertala in Alapuzha this morning. John (74) passed away due to old age related ailments, family sources said.
An active member of students movements while at SB College, Changanachery, he subsequently became a Member of Kaviyoor Panchayat.
A lawyer by profession, John, one of the founder members of Kerala Congress, was elected to the assembly from Kalooppara constituency four times. He became a Member of the Assembly for the first time as a Kerala Congress Member.
John, who was Speaker of the fourth Kerala Assembly for a short period from February 17, 1976 to March 25, 1977, had also served as the Minister for Food & Civil Supplies from October 19, 1978 to October 27, 1978 in the Antony Ministry.
In the reconstituted Ministry that followed under the leadership of P K Vasudevan Nair, he continued to be the Minister for Food & Civil Supplies, from October 29, 1978 to October 7 1979.