Is any special consideration given to Thomas Chandy? asks HC

The Kerala High Court on Wednesday came out against the state government for its inaction against state Transport Minister Thomas Chandy, whose company had allegedly violated rules to construct a road through paddy fields to a lake resort owned by him in Alappuzha district.

Considering a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking registration of an FIR against Chandy, the bench of Justices P.N Raveendran and Devan Ramachandran asked whether there is any special consideration given to the minister.

The Court observed that if it was an ordinary citizen, he would have been evicted using bulldozers.

All are equal before law, the court said.

When the matter came up, the government counsel informed the court that it was probing the cases against the minister. The authenticity of documents produced by the minister on the issue need to be examined before filing a report, it said.

The government also pleaded that no special consideration was given to Chandy.

(Agencies)

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