August 27th, 2011
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Puducherry governor in soup

Puducherry: A CPM activist has filed a petition in the Madras High Court against Puducherry Lt Governor Iqbal Singh, alleging he misused his official position to favour his family members and sought a CBI enquiry into the allegations against him. The first bench of the Madras high court, comprising Chief Justice M Y Eqbal and Justice T S Sivagnanam, posted the matter for hearing on maintainability after one week. The government pleader for the Union territory of Puducherry D Sreenivasan appeared on behalf of the state.

There have been strident demands from the opposition that he be removed from the post of Puducherry Lt Governor following questioning by the Enforcement Directorate over allegations that he facilitated the issuance of passport to Hasan Ali Khan, accused in the money laundering case. ED teams had visited the Lt Governor in Puducherry to question him in the case.

The petition filed by the CPM member, T Murugan, sought for the issue of a writ of quo warranto against the Lt Governor seeking to know on what authority he continued to hold the office of administrator of the Union territory. He alleged that Singh had created the South Educational Trust in March, 2010 with both his sons as trustees.

An application was made the day after its registration to issue an ‘essentiality certificate’ to start a medical college at Karaikal. The application added that the Trust owned and maintained a 300-bedded hospital. However, the petition said the trust had not established the hospital or purchased the land while applying for approval. Citing this case along with a list of other alleged irregularities, Murugan sought for both a writ of quo warranto and for a direction to the CBI to investigate the charges.



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