Kerala: Education Minister Sivankutty's plea rejected on Assembly vandalism case

Thiruvananthapuram: Members of Kerala's ruling CPM  including V Sivankutty, the Education and Labour Minister, and KT Jaleel, the former Higher Education Minister is facing trial in a case relating to damage of furniture during protests in the state Assembly in 2015.

Now, with a court here on Wednesday dismissing the discharge petition filed by  V. Sivankutty and another legislator in the assembly vandalism case, it could be curtains for the Minister. The court will read out the charges against these accused on November 22 and has asked all the six accused to appear before it on that day.

The supreme court ruled then that all the accused have to face trial and now with the court here also dismissing their discharge petition, it remains to be seen if he will continue in office. In the past, whenever the Left is in opposition, they have gone hammer and tongs, the moment a court names a Minister as an accused in a criminal case, that the concerned minister has to resign and for that, they take to streets and unleash massive protests, but when it comes to them, Sivankutty ruled out any resignation and had said he will face trial.

But, now with the assembly in session, one will have to wait a while on how the Congress-led opposition now reacts to the fresh development. The vandalism took place on March 13, 2015 when erstwhile State Finance Minister K.M. Mani was presenting the state budget for the new fiscal.


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