Palmolein import case: Orders reserved

Kerala HC reserved orders on a petition challenging a vigilance court`s order directing investigation into role of CM Ommen Chandy in Palmolein case.

Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Monday reserved orders on a petition by senior IAS officer Jiji Thomson
challenging a vigilance court`s order directing investigation
into the role of Chief Minister Ommen Chandy in the 1991
Palmolein import deal corruption case.

Thomson, fifth accused in the Palmolein case, had
challenged the August 8 order of Thiruvananthapuram Vigilance
Court special judge P K Haneefa directing investigation into
Chandy`s role in the deal as finance minister in the K
Karunakaran cabinet when the deal was signed in 1991.

The high court had on September 27 stayed the vigilance
court order.

During the hearing of the petition, the state government
had informed the court that it was prepared to complete the
investigation within a short period.
Former chief minister V S Achutanandan, BJP leader
Alphons Kannanthanam and All India Lawyers Union, who had
filed impleading petitions, have agreed to the government`s
proposal to complete investigation in the case speedily.

Achuthanandan had submitted that Thomson had no locus
standi to challenge the orders passed by the vigilance special
judge in respect of investigation against Chandy.

Justice K T Shankaran, before whom the petition was
listed, reserved orders without specifying any date.
The case pertains to import of 32,000 tonnes of palmolein
from Malaysia allegedly causing a loss of Rs 2.32 crore to the


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