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Jaleel will not resign immediately,has many legal options,says Kerala law minister
 
Thiruvananthapuram: As the clamour for Higher Education minister K T Jaleel''s resignation continued over the Lokayukta''s adverse report that he had abused his position to favour a relative for a job,Law minister A K Balan on Saturday came out in support,hinting he will not step down immediately. Pointing out that Jaleel has many legal options, he said the minister can appeal against the Lok Ayukta verdict and get it stayed. "The Chief Minister has three month''s time to act on the report. Those seeking his immediate resignation shouldrealise that there is no such precedence in the state," he told reportersat Palakkad. "Has anyone ever resignedjust because a lower court has said something?, he asked. In Kerala there is no precedence of resignation based on a lower court verdict.

K T Adeeb, the relative of Jaleel, was appointed on deputation...We only need to verify if the person was eligible or not. No law states that a relative cannot be appointed," Balan said. A division bench of the Kerala Lok Ayukta had on Friday submitted a report to the ChiefMinister, saying Jaleel had abused his position as a public servant to obtain a favour for his relative, andshould not continue as a minister. The bench had held that the charge of abuse of power, favouritism and nepotism against the minister was proved. Balan said as per the report, the government has three months time to take action. He alleged that there were occasions in the past when former ministers like Manjulamkuzhi Ali and K M Mani had appointed their close relatives on deputation. CPI(M) Secretary in charge A Vijayaraghavan said the available secretariat met and discussed the issue this morning.

"Legal options will be considered. It is quite normal for the opposition to keep on asking for Jaleel''s resignation," he said. Union Minister V Muraleedharan said Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan should demand the resignation of Jaleel. "Why is the CM scared of Jaleel?" he asked, while Leader of the Opposition Ramesh Chennithala demanded that the CM seek Jaleel''s resignation or he be thrown out if he refuses. The Lok Ayukta verdict was on a complaint filed by a Muslim Youth League leader in November 2018, alleging that Adeeb, a cousin of Jaleel,was appointed general manager in the Kerala State Minorities Development Finance Corporation, flouting rules. Adeeb was the manager of a private bank when the appointment was made.


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