Staff Reporter

PALAKKAD: Electricity Minister A.K. Balan has said that there is no need for him to resign from the Cabinet since Monday's order of the Ottappalam First Class Judicial Magistrate convicting him was stayed by the Sessions Court of Palakkad on Tuesday.

Talking to mediapersons after getting bail from the Ottappalam court on Wednesday, the Minister said Tuesday's resolution passed by the Assembly did not contain any reference against the court.

The court order was an encroachment upon the privileges of MLAs who were attending a session of the Assembly summoned by the Governor.

Since the order was considered an insult to the legislature, a resolution was passed by the Assembly expressing its concern.

The objective of the resolution was also to bring to the attention of the President, Lok Sabha Speaker, Chief Justice of India and the Governor the breach of privilege of legislators.

Minister, MLA get bail

The Ottappalam First Class Judicial Magistrate Court on Wednesday granted bail to Electricity Minister A.K. Balan and M. Chandran, MLA, after they personally appeared before the court.

The two were granted bail after they furnished a bond for Rs.10,000 each and two sureties.