Thiruvananthapuram: A local court on Tuesday posted the Palmolein import case to November 19 in view of the
stay on its hearing passed by the Kerala High Court in a
Vigilance court special judge P K Haneefa had on August 8
directed investigation into Chief Minister Oommen Chandy`s
alleged role as finance minister in the K Karunakaran cabinet
when the deal was signed in 1992.
The High Court had stayed for a month the order in the
case which took a new turn when the special judge recused
himself alleging there was personal attack against him in the
media. Haneefa had requested the High Court to transfer the
case to some other court. A decision on this was also pending.
The interim stay was granted while admitting the petition
filed by senior IAS officer Jiji Thomson, the fifth accused in
When the case came up today, the special vigilance court
posted it to November 19.
The case pertains to import of 32,000 tonnes of palmolein
from Malaysia, allegedly causing a loss of Rs 2.32 crore to
the state exchequer.