Kerala: Judicial probe ordered in Ex-minister Saseendran case
The government on Monday announced ordered a judicial probe into the allegations against former Kerala minister A K Saseendran. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told the media that a judicial inquiry will be initiated to probe the matter after which further action will be initiated. Saseendran resigned on Sunday 'on moral grounds' after a tape of his alleged inappropriate conversation with a woman was made public.
Vijayan also added that the decision on who will head the probe committee will be taken during the next cabinet meet. Saseendran, who was Kerala's transport minister, resigned after a channel broadcast an audio clip allegedly containing conversation filled with sexual overtones between the minister and a woman. The audio was made public in the backdrop of Malappuram bypoll scheduled to take place on April 12.
Saseendran is the second minister to resign from the 10-month-old Vijayan cabinet. E P Jayarajan had also resigned from the industry portfolio. Saseendran, while announcing his resignation on Sunday had urged the chief minister to order a probe into the matter while maintaining that he was not guilty.