Ramesh Chennithala alleged that KT Jaleel refused to make public the details of his nephew KT Adeeb’s appointment to a government post, despite an RTI request.

Ramesh Chennithala demands KT Jaleels resignation amid nepotism row
news Politics Sunday, November 25, 2018 - 10:33

Congress Leader and Kerala Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala has demanded the ouster of Higher Education and Local Administration Minister KT Jaleel after the Muslim Youth League levels nepotism charges against him, reports PTI. Ramesh Chennithala told reports, “Jaleel has violated the oath which he took as a minister. He is accused of nepotism. He must resign.”

It was alleged that KT Jaleel’s nephew, KT Adeeb, was appointed as the general manager of the Kerala State Minorities Development Finance Corporation without the rules of appointment being properly followed and that the appointment qualifications were altered in order to facilitate Adeeb’s appointment.

Ramesh Chennithala has also alleged that Jaleel has refused to make the details of his nephew KT Adeeb’s appointment public, despite a Right to Information request was filed. He told reporters, "We demand the file be placed in the legislative assembly. The minister is not giving the details even as an RTI reply."

KT Adeeb stepped down from the post in question in the wake of the allegations, on November 11. However, many groups remain unhappy and demand that KT Jaleel himself should resign from his post as minister in the wake of these allegations. It has also been alleged that he made false statements about the compensation paid to his nephew in his previous job at a bank in Muscat.

KT Jaleel, in numerous press conferences held since the incident, has denied all the allegations against him, stating that the government had the authority to change rules for appointment to different posts, and to appoint on deputation those who meet the revised qualifications and rules. The CPI(M) State Secretariat Kodiyeri Balakrishnan on November 9 had given a clean chit to the minister, saying that there was no substance to the allegations against him.

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