Kerala Transport Minister Thomas Chandy has resigned after facing land encroachment allegations. He handed over his resignation letter to Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) state president T.P. Peethambaran Master, who handed it over to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
The development comes a day after Kerala high court pulled up the minister over a case of land encroachment. The court asked the minister to step down and face the law as a common man.
Thomas Chandy has been under fire for the past few months for violating wetland rules by encroaching a section of a lake to construct an approach road and parking facilities for the Lake Palace resort, that he owns with a relative. Alappuzha district collector TV Anupama had submitted a report, alleging gross violation of conservation norms, to the revenue department.
A division bench of the Kerala High Court had dismissed Chandy’s petition seeking quashing of the collector’s report. The court dismissed his plea, holding that a Minister cannot file a petition against his own government, which had ordered the Collector’s probe.