Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala cabinet Wednesday
termed as improper the appearance of Advocate General of Tamil
Nadu P S Raman as counsel in the lottery case against the
The cabinet also decided to send a letter to Tamil Nadu
Chief Minister M Karunanidhi coveying its resentment on Raman
appearing for Megha Distributors owned by Santiago Martin, the
promoter of Bhutan and Sikkim lotteries in Kerala, official
sources said here today.
Raman had appeared in the Kerala high court on Monday last
for Megha distributors after Congress spokesperson Abhishek
Singhvi, who earlier represented them, withdrew in the wake of
protests by state Congress.
Criticising the appearance of Tamil Nadu AG in the case,
senior congress leader Oommen Chandy had said yesterday that
it was improper for the advocate general of a state to
appear in a case against a decision taken by another state
The alleged irregularities and corruption in the operation
of Bhutan and Sikkim lotteries issue had been a topic of a
raging political debate in the state between the ruling LDF
and the Opposition Congress-led UDF.
The appearance of Singhvi in the case last week in the
Kerala High Court had been seized by the LDF to hit back at
The Congress also took strong exception to Singhvi`s
appearance in the case and sought action against him by the
party high command.