Kerala: HC directs Chief Secretary to heed BJP Head of State’s attendance at Raj Bhavan March
The Kerala High Court on Tuesday issued an instruction to the Chief Secretary of Kerala to review the representation of BJP Head of State K Surendran in the LDF’s Raj Bhavan march scheduled for today.
Cochin: The Kerala High Court on Tuesday issued an instruction to the Chief Secretary of Kerala to review the representation of BJP Head of State K Surendran in the LDF’s Raj Bhavan march scheduled for today.
The Kerala High Court has ordered the Chief Secretary of Kerala State to consider the claim filed by BJP State Chairman K Surendran seeking action against government employees and beneficiaries of the MNREGA scheme , for allegedly participating in the protest march against Raj Bhavan against Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan. The Division Bench ruled on the motion.
Notably, yesterday, BJP Head of State K Surendran filed a petition to restrict LDF’s Raj Bhavan march scheduled for today.
K Surendran alleged that the LDF government was trying to involve government officials and MGNREGA workers in the march against the governor.
In the petition, Surendran alleged that people were enlisted in the march by guaranteeing their presence and that government employees were forced to participate in this march to make it look huge.
K Surendran further argued that it is illegal for government employees to participate in the march.
Notably, K Surendran had previously written a letter to the Chief Secretary of Kerala, demanding to issue an order preventing the participation of government employees in the Raj Bhavan gherao by the DFL.
Surendran cited that according to the rules of service, government officials cannot participate or engage in political activities. He had also urged to ensure that MNREGA workers were not forcibly included in the said march.
After not receiving any positive indication for his said letter, the BJP Head of State then approached the Kerala High Court against the alleged decision of the LDF, to forcefully include the government employees of the State and MNREGA workers in Raj Bhavan’s proposed gherao on 15 November.
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This follows Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan’s decision to call for the resignation of the vice-chancellors of the state’s nine universities. This resulted in a struggle between the governor and the leftist government.
Later, the government of CM Pinarayi Vijayan petitioned the High Court to suspend the appointment ordered by the Governor of Kerala, Arif Muhammad Khan, Chancellor of State Universities. However, the court on Tuesday refused to suspend the appointment.
The governor had earlier taken a dig at the CPIM and said it was a party “that believes in the legitimacy of violence.”
The Kerala cabinet previously decided to introduce an order to remove Governor Arif Mohammad Khan from the chancellorship.
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