Vigilance court rejected plea to discharge him from palmolein case

The Kerala High Court on Friday admitted a petition filed by former director of the Kerala State Civil Supplies Corporation Jiji Thomson challenging the Thrissur Vigilance Court order rejecting his plea to discharge him from the palmolein import corruption case.

Justice Harul Ul Rasheed issued notice to the State government. Justice K. Harilal had earlier recused himself from hearing the case when the petition came up before him.

Mr. Thomson had sought to discharge him from the case on the grounds that there was no evidence of his involvement in the case. He pointed out that he had only executed the Cabinet decision on the import of palmolein. He also contended that no sanction had been obtained for prosecuting him in the case. He pointed out that there was no legally valid government sanction to proceed against him under the Prevention of Corruption Act.