The Kerala High Court on Tuesday came down heavily on the state government for supporting Salim Raj, former gunman of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, who was suspended following allegations related to the solar scam.
Justice Harun-Ul-Rasheed orally asked the Director General of Police whether he was afraid of Salim, who is just a police constable. The court also asked whether democracy exists in the state.
Justice Rasheed made these observations while considering a petition alleging that Salim Raj, in his capacity as the Chief Minister’s gunman, forged documents to snatch land in Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam districts.
The petitions were submitted by Prem Chand, Mohan Chand and Rama of Thycaud in Thiruvananthapuram and Sherifa of Pathadipalam in Ernakulam.
The court observed that the allegations against Salim Raj were serious. ‘’Salim Raj acts as if he is the Chief Minister. Is the DGP afraid of Salim who is just a police constable? Why did the DGP hand over the petition against Salim Raj to the state government instead of initiating an inquiry,’’ court asked.
Earlier, Justice V K Mohanan, who considered the case earlier, asked the state government to submit details of the mobile phone calls of Salim Raj and to implead mobile phone companies in the case.
But Advocate General K P Dhandapani appeared before the court and submitted that it was not practical to implead mobile phone companies in the state.