Palmolein import case: Orders reserved
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Last Updated: Monday, October 31, 2011, 20:30
  
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 exchequer.

PTI


First Published: Monday, October 31, 2011, 20:30


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