02 June Friday

Disaster Fund Disbursement Case;: Petition Referred To Broader Bench

Web Desk (Tvm)Updated: Friday Mar 31, 2023

Thiruvananthapuram : The Lok Ayukta  on Friday  referred  petition  alleging diversion of disaster relief funds during first Pinarayi government to a 3-member Full Bench.  The petition accuses  ministers including the  Chief Minister  for its alleged claim of  misusing funds.  The issue has been shifted to the broader Bench  after there rose  conflicting view  at the Bench comprising  Justice Syriak Joseph and Justice Haroon ul Rasheed.

The case will now be heard by Bench also comprising  Deputy Lokayukta Judge Babu Mathew and Justice P Joseph. The  date of hearing  is yet to be announced.  Friday  ruling cmes on petition filed by Congressman,  RS Sasikumar, who is also a  former Syndicate member of Kerala University.

The new Bench is being constituted  under Section 7(1) of the Lokayukta Act. The  point of contention was whether decisions approved by a Cabinet falls  in the purview of Lok Ayukta Act.