Palmolein case: HC stays vigilance court order

Kochi, Jan 28, 2014: In some relief for the Congress-led UDF government, the Kerala High Court on Monday stayed for two months a Vigilance court order disallowing the government from withdrawing the Palmoelin import graft case of 1992.

The order was issued by Justice ML Joseph Francis on a petition by the state government, challenging the Thrissur vigilance court order.

The state said the vigilance legal advisor appearing before the special court was designated as Special Prosecutor and therefore was empowered to file appeal to withdraw prosecution.

The vigilance court had dismissed the application on the ground that the vigilance legal advisor, who appeared for the state, was not competent to file a discharge application.

While rejecting the state’s petition, Vigilance Court Judge K Haripal had stated that the withdrawal of the case was against public interest.

(With news agency inputs)