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Saji Cheriyan will be sworn in as a minister, tomorrow

Saji Cheriyan, the former Kerala Culture Minister, is expected to rejoin Pinarayi Vijayan’s Cabinet on Wednesday.

Although Governor Arif Mohammad Khan originally resisted, he eventually caved in and allowed Saji Cheriyan to be sworn in. On Wednesday, the ceremony begins at 4 p.m.

After the Kerala High Court recently rejected two requests to remove him as a legislator due to the speech purportedly disrespecting the Indian Constitution, the CPM State Secretariat approved his reinduction as a minister.

According to the petitions, Cheriyan’s acts disqualified him under Section 9 of the 1951 Representation of the People Act.

On July 6, Cheriyan was forced to resign from the Left Democratic Front ministry because of the uproar his alleged anti-Constitution utterances had generated.

Then, he had asserted that his choice to resign was personal and was not coerced.

“I have decided that it is not appropriate for me to continue serving as a minister. Consequently, I’m leaving my position as a minister”, according to Cheriyan.

However, Cheriyan refused to apologise and insisted that his statements were misinterpreted.

Cheriyan asserted that the Constitution was drafted at the British government’s direction and that it was not intended to safeguard the common people in his public speech at Mallappally.

According to Cheriyan: “Democracy and secularism have been mentioned a few times. However, it is obvious that the Constitution is being abused to the detriment of ordinary people.”

Cheriyan is the legislative assembly candidate for Chengannur.

The case brought by Kochi-based lawyer Baiju Noel against Saji Cheriyan before the Judicial First Class Magistrate Court in Thiruvalla is still pending. Noel claims that the former minister violated Section 2 of the Prevention Of Insults To National Honour Act, 1971 (ACT. 69 Of 1971).

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