Thursday, January 28, 2016

Babu may continue as minister as CM is unlikely to accept resignation

THIRUVANANTHPURAM: Sources say that former minister K Babu’s resignation may not be accepted by the chief minister in the wake of Kerala High Court, today, staying the filing of FIR against Babu for two months.

Resignation may become a closed chapter very soon. The current political scenario also favours rejection of the resignation letter. In that case, Babu will continue as Excise-Fisheries department minister.

The court has stayed the order against Babu for two months in response to the petition filed by him. There is also a line of thinking that it would be wise not to accept the resignation, so that UDF can reap political mileage out of the high court order.

Babu had submitted resignation on January 23 following a Vigilance court order.

Meanwhile, the chief minister’s delay in handing over Babu’s resignation letter to the governor also has drawn flak. But the high court remarks and stay was a great relief to Babu as well as the government.

One thing notable was that Babu didn’t reiterate his resignation stand after the high court order. Importantly, the high court observation that Vigilance court order was suo-motu not in line with judicial discipline also gains importance in this context.

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