HC slams Kerala govt for 'incompetence'

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HC slams Kerala govt for 'incompetence'
Kochi, March 13: Slamming the UDF government in the state, Kerala High Court on Wednesday said that the persons implicated in criminal cases managing to get employed in Chief Minister Oommen Chandy's office showed the government's 'incompetence'.

The HC was referring to the land grabbing case against Salim Raj, former gunman of Chandy.

"How can you say you did not know? How can you shirk responsibility?" Justice Harun Al Rashid asked the government counsel.

HC was referring to the case against Salim Raj, former gunman of Chandy


Probity in public life is deteriorating, observed the court, adding that there have been occasions when Ministers used to demit office taking moral responsibility.

A number of Chandy's men were convicted in a slew of criminal cases in past years and that had triggered the clamour for Chandy's resignation. However, he refused to step down. Three personal staff of the Chief Minister had to resign in the wake of allegations against them in connection with the Solar panel scam.

When the government counsel tried to defend saying the allegation in the case was media hype, court referred to a police case against a former personal assistant of Chandy who had to resign in the wake of Solar panel scam which had rocked the state last year.

Court also referred to an incident in Kozhikode wherein an abduction attempt was made against a woman by a group of persons allegedly led by Salim Raj.

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