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Kerala Lokayukta Finds Minister KT Jaleel Guilty in Nepotism Case, Says He Should Step Down

File photograph: Minister KT Jaleel leaves from the workplace of National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Kochi, after interrogation in reference to the gold smuggling case. (Image credit score: ANI Twitter)

The matter pertains to the appointment of the ministers’ second cousin in Kerala State Minority Development Finance Corporation.

A Kerala Lokayukta report on Friday concluded that allegations of abuse of energy and nepotism towards Minister for Higher Education and Minority Welfare KT Jaleel have been substantiated and that he ought to step down. The minister has been accused of favouritism, nepotism and violation of oath of workplace. The matter pertains to the appointment of the ministers’ second cousin in Kerala State Minority Development Finance Corporation.

The Kerala Lokayukta submitted its report back to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and sought applicable motion towards Jaleel. “The action taken by KT Jaleel to change the qualifications for the post of General Manager in the Corporation to add “B. Tech with PGDBA” additionally as a qualification for the put up of General Manager was to make the fifth respondent, who’s his second cousin, eligible for the put up of General Manager,” the report stated.

Demanding Jaleel’s resignation, Opposition chief Ramesh Chennithala stated, “Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan should ask for the resignation of minisiter KT Jaleel. The lokayukta has clearly said about his involvement in the appointment of his relative. The CM has always fielded him during the elections, but this time he should take his resignation.”

Hitting out on the CPI(M)-led authorities in Kerala, Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan stated, “The observations of Kerala Lokayukta in Kerala State Minister KT Jaleel’s case exposed the hypocrisy of @CPIMKerla & that the so-called Liberal party leaders are “engaged in a clear case of nepotism and abuse of power”. It declared him unfit to be a “Minister”

“Jaleel must resign. But the buck stops at @VijayanPinarayi, his mentor. In light of today’s order, all the appointments made in the last 5 yrs must be reviewed and violators of rules & procedures must be brought to book,” he stated.

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