The charges against Kerala Transport Minister and NCP leader Thomas Chandy will be enquired into. This was disclosed by Revenue Minister E. Radhakrishan on Thursday,
The Revenue Minister clarified that Thomas Chandy's membership of the state cabinet would never come in the way of the proposed enquiry.
The Revenue Minister informed that he was awaiting the report by the District Collector on the allegations against the Transport Minister. The final report would take some time to be submitted by the Collector. But the interim report is expected soon. On receipt of the interim report further proceedings on the proposed enquiry would be initiated, he stated. The Collector's report would reveal whether there is substance in the allegations or not.
Nothing will dissuade the Revenue Department from enquiring into the charges against Thomas Chandy, Chandrasekharan asserted. It is irrelevant that Chandy is a minister or he is filthy rich. Law will take its course, the Revenue Minister added.
Informed sources, meanwhile, said that the scope of vigilance enquiry against Thomas Chandy was being discussed with legal experts and the state law department. Once the green signal for vigilance probe is obtained, quick verification will be ordered.
Thomas Chandy, the business magnate turned minister is charged of illegal encroachment and possession of a vast area of land in Alappuzha district.