Kerala Transport Minister Thomas Chandy resigned on Wednesday after protests broke out in the state over alleged corruption charges against the minister.
Chandy is accused of encroaching a water body area for a five-star resort that he owns. One of the richest ministers of the State Cabinet, the allegation against the minister is that of building a road through paddy field farms, leading straight to his luxury resort in Alappuzha — the Centre of backwater tourism in Kerala.
The Kerala High Court on Tuesday dismissed Chandy’s petition challenging the report of the Alappuzha district collector, which reported that large scale violations of Kerala Land Conservation Act and Conservation of Paddy land and Wetland Act had been committed by the cabinet minister for personal profit at the cost of paddy farming.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had earlier said that he will take a call on the tainted minister as soon as he receives the letter from the High Court. The Chief Minister was clearly under a lot of pressure earlier on Wednesday after the Communist Party of India boycotted the Kerala cabinet meeting over the inaction of Pinarayi Vijayan against Chandy.
Thomas Chandy submitted his resignation to the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) state president TP Peethambaran Master. He is also the third cabinet minister to resign from the Pinarayi Vijayan cabinet in 17 months.