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As Cong ups ante against Thomas Chandy, party MP comes for his court battle

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Thomas Chandy, Vivek Tankha Thomas Chandy, Vivek Tankha

Kochi: Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP, Vivek Tankha, will represent embattled Kerala minister Thomas Chandy in a case challenging a probe report against him in the high court.

Vivek Tankha, who was elected to Rajya Sabha from Madhya Pradesh, on a Congress ticket arrived here on Monday for the hearing on Tuesday.

Tankha will represent Chandy even as the Congress-led opposition has been demanding the minister's resignation after allegations of land grab cropped against him.

Chandy moved the high court challenging the report submitted by Alappuzha district collector T V Anupama which found violation of land rules by the Lake Palace Resort management in which Chandy has stake.

Chandy, in his petition, said that the resort belongs to a company, and alleged that the collector prepared her report without hearing its version.

Alleging that the report was part of a conspiracy to defame him, Chandy said he has been denied of natural justice.

The high court will take up the case even as the ruling LDF has entrusted chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan with the taking a decision on the demand for Chandy's resignation.

Meawhile, Congress leader V M Sudheeran on Monday slammed Tankha's decision to appear for Chandy. Terming Tankha's decision unfortunate, the former KPCC chief said such leaders was a liability to the Congress.

“He should have understood the ground situation in Kerala before taking up the case. His decision has put the Congress in a spot,” he said.

An eminent lawyer, Tankha has been representing the whistleblower in the infamous Vypam scam case in Madhya Pradesh.

He was one of the youngest advocate generals of Madhya Pradesh, having served the post from February 1999 to November 2003. He was also the first lawyer from Madhya Pradesh to have been appointed additional solicitor general of India.

Youth Congress protest

Earlier in the day, the police used water cannons and resorted to lathi charge to disperse Youth Congress activists, who allegedly threw stones at them after they were stopped from taking out a procession to the official residence of chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan here.

Chandy, a businessman-turned-politician and an NCP nominee, was inducted into the state cabinet eight months ago following the resignation of A K Saseendran after a purported sleaze audio clip with a woman went viral.

The Congress-led UDF and BJP demanded Chandy's resignation after Alappuzha district collector T V Anupama confirmed that a paddy field had been reclaimed for laying the road to his resort.

Besides, the backwaters were also allegedly encroached to construct a parking space for the resort, according to the collector's report.

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