Former Advocate General MK Damodaran died on Wednesday at the age of 70. He was under treatment for lung disease. The senior High Court lawyer was the advocate general during EK Nayanar-led LDF government in 1996. Born in Thalasseri, he graduated from Ernakulam Law college in 1963. Until 1977 he practised in North Kerala.
He was also imprisoned for six months during the Emergency. Damodaran was also well known for defending the Naxalites during the late ‘60s and early ‘70s.
He had appeared for Pinarayi Vijayan in SNC Lavalin scam case and for Santiago Martin in the lottery scam.
Under the LDF government, CM Pinarayi Vijayan had appointed Damodaran as his legal advisor. But later Damodaran decided not to take up the post following controversies around his appointment.
The LDF government’s decision to appoint Damodaran as a Principal Secretary in the LDF government had become controversial for many reasons.
LDF’s ally CPI too had expressed reservations about the appointment. The opposition had questioned Damodaran's appointment as he had represented the controversial lottery baron Santiago Martin in a case in the High Court.
The CM had defended Damodaran in the state Assembly by informing the House that the lawyer was not being paid any remuneration for his role as legal advisor and that he was free to take other cases.
He is survived by his wife Shantha and daughter Tanushri.