Thomas Chandy contemplating moving SC after high court rap

Kerala Transport Minister Thomas Chandy

During arguments on Tuesday, counsel for Chandy, a businessman -turned-politician representing the NCP in the cabinet, pressed for expunging any reference to the minister in the report. Asked if Mr Chandy would quit if the chief minister demands his resignation, Master sought to downplay it, saying "obviously a minister will have to do so if the chief minister makes such a demand".

L'affaire Thomas Chandy that reared its ugly head in August and continues to create ripples, about the minister's Lake Palace Resort encroaching upon the Punnamada lake in Alappuzha, breached yet another boiling point on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Chandy is at Kochi and is likely to reach the state capital late in the night to take part in the weekly cabinet meeting held every Wednesday. NCP national general secretary Tariq Anwar, however, told The Hindu that "a decision on the issue was left to the State unit of the party".

Chandy was speaking to mediapersons after the Kerala High Court dismissed his plea challenging a report by Alappuzha district collector T V Anupama which has found violations of land rules by a resort management in which Chandy has stake. Soon after arriving here on Tuesday night, the minister said that even if he were to resign, he would return to Cabinet hundred times more powerful once the case gets over.

There are reports that Chandy may move the Supreme Court against the HC judgement.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said an "appropriate decision" on the minister would be taken after considering the court's order and NCP's stand.

Mr Vijayan said the LDF had earlier chose to entrust him to take an appropriate decision on the matter after looking into all aspects.

Citing procedure, State president T.P. Peethambaran said the ball was in the party parliamentary board's court.

A group of Youth Congress workers raised slogans and waved black flags at Tankha as he stepped out of a posh hotel here to proceed to the High Court, police said. He dismissed the question on why he appeared for a political opponent.

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