Kerala Assembly Speaker Seeks Clarification from Minister on Allegations of Leaking CAG Report
Kerala Legislative Assembly Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan requested an explanation from Finance Minister Thomas Isaac after the opposition filed a complaint against the latter alleging that a report from the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) was leaked to the media before it was presented in the House.
Sreeramakrishnan, responding to the complaint filed before him, asked Isaac to present an explanation on the matter as soon as possible.
The MLA VD Satheesan Congress had filed a complaint with the Kerala Legislative Assembly’s Ethics and Privilege Committee, accusing Isaac of infringing on the House’s rights by revealing details of the audit process before it was presented to the Assembly.
The opposition leader in the Kerala Assembly, Ramesh Chennithala, had also written to the president asking for his intervention on the matter claiming that the finance minister violated all constitutional norms and violated the oath of secrecy by leaking the CAG report before that was presented in the Assembly.
Chennithala, in his letter, demanded his resignation and action against the minister for “violating” the Constitution by making the report public before presenting it to the Assembly.
Isaac had targeted the CAG last week for its “findings” in its report that the Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB) was collecting loans “unconstitutionally”. He said that the Kerala government will not allow the CAG to destroy the KIIFB.
The CAG had clarified earlier this week that an audit report on state finances for the year ended March 2019 was submitted on November 6 for presentation at the Kerala Assembly.