Higher education minister challenges Lok Ayukta report

Higher education minister challenges Lok Ayukta report

Kochi, Apr 12 (PTI) State Higher Education Minister K T
Jaleel on Monday moved the Kerala High Court, challenging the
Lok Ayukta report finding him guilty of abusing his position
as a public servant to obtain a favour for his relative.
In its report submitted to the Chief Minister last week,
the Lok Ayukta had said that Jaleel should not continue as a
minister.
In his plea, Jaleel alleged that the report was prepared
without conducting any preliminary enquiry or regular
investigation.
He submitted that the Lok Ayukta out not have entertained
the complaint since the matter relates to the prescription of
qualification and appointment to a Minority Development
Finance Corporation, which is specifically excluded from the
purview of the probe under the Kerala Lok Ayukta Act.
He also claimed that both the High Court and the Governor
of Kerala had not entertained the petitions when the issue
came up before them.
“It is submitted that the findings arrived at is perverse
and not based on any materials. Further, the Lok Ayukta has
not followed any procedure mandated under law to arrive at a
finding”, he said in his plea.
A division bench of the Lok Ayukta had said the charge of
abuse of power, favoritism and nepotism against the minister
has been proved.
The Muslim Youth League had on November 2, 2018 alleged
that Adeeb K T, a cousin of Jaleel, was appointed general
manager in the Kerala State Minorities Development Finance
Corporation, flouting rules.
Adeeb was the manager of a private bank when the
appointment was made.
“….this forum is satisfied that the allegation of abuse
of power, favoritism, nepotism and violation of oath of office
is substantiated against Dr K T Jaleel, Minister for Higher
Education and Minority Welfare,” the Lok Ayukta had said.
Jaleel had earlier alleged that the Muslim League was
after him since 2006 when he won the Assembly seat from
Kuttipuram constituency as an independent, with LDF support.
“It was to appoint a person from a reputed financial
institution. The corporation advertised for the post with MBA
or BTech with PGDBA/CS/CA/ICWAI and three years” experience as
the criteria.
Seven people had applied for the post, out of which three
appeared for the interview. They did not have the requisite
qualification,” Jaleel had earlier said,clarifying his stand.
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