Thrissur: Kerala High Court has sought an explanation from Thrissur corporation mayor and corporation secretary over the allegations of tampering of council minutes. The court, acting on a plea filed by three opposition councilors, asked the mayor and secretary to give an explanation before the next hearing scheduled for next week. Opposition leader M.K. Mukundan and Congress councilors A. Prasad and Subi Babu told the court that a meeting to discuss the allegation of tampering was summoned on Tuesday and a voting was demanded by both BJP and UDF over the matter. But the mayor dissolved the meeting as the ruling front had no majority against a combined opposition.
“If a council meeting is called and a consensus is not reached, then it matter need to be put for voting. But, it was not done and hence we moved the court,” Mr Mukundan said. The alleged tampering of the minutes is in connection with the alleged corruption in cable laying works done by Reliance during the LDF tenure, the modification work of North Bus Stand proposed to be conducted by South Indian Bank and posting of 68 temporary staff including linemen and engineers bypassing employment exchange and without the prior approval of the council by issuing a special order. The LDF has 26 members in the 55-member council while the UDF has 23 and the BJP, 6.