The Kerala Assembly saw a heated exchange between the treasury and Opposition benches on Tuesday on the subject of nepotism allegations against Minister for Local Administration K.T Jaleel.
The Opposition UDF has been demanding the resignation of Jaleel for appointing a relative to a key post in the Minority Finance Development Corporation (MFDC) without following due procedure.
On Tuesday, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan spoke in favour of Jaleel in the Assembly, stating that no rules were violated in the appointment of the person concerned to the post. He added that the Corporation did not incur any losses due to his appointment.
The chief minister said a cabinet approval is not required for deciding the eligibility criteria for appointment to the post and that his cabinet certainly did not make any such decision.
The minister in question, Jaleel, also made a statement in the Assembly reiterating that he has not violated any laws or indulged in corrupt practices in the appointment to the post at MFDC.
He vowed that he would resign and leave public service if the charges against him could be legally proved.
(with news agency inputs)