KOCHI: The high court has not allowed stay on Moovattupuzha Vigilance court order for quick verification against Minister Adoor Prakash. The Vigilance had ordered quick verification against the minister on the basis of the complaint that he handed over the excess lands acquired by the government to a Bangalore-based private company.
Justice P Ubaid also directed the Vigilance to conduct a fair probe and submit the report on April 7 when the plea would be considered again. The court also reminded the Vigilance not to get influenced by the media.
There were allegations that controversial Godman Santhosh Madhavan stood as the middle men in the deal in which the excess lands in Ernakulam’s Puthenvellikkara and Thrissur were handed over to RMZ Infrastructure private limited.
The petition was filed by Kalamassery native Gireesh Babu, pointing out the above facts. Based on the petition the court ordered a quick verification against Minister Adoor Prakash, Revenue Department Additional Chief Secretary Biswas Mehta, Santhosh Madhavan and Company’s MD Jayasankar. The Vigilance was asked to submit the report on Quick verification within April 24.
After this, Adoor Prakah approached the high court for stay on the order, stating that the lands were handed over to the party as per the decision of the Cabinet and hence the Vigilance court order for quick verification was not legally-binding.