Kerala Legislative Meeting Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan has sought an explanation from Finance Minister Thomas Isaac after a complaint used to be lodged against the latter by the opposition alleging a Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) outline used to be leaked to the media before it used to be tabled in the House.
Sreeramakrishnan, acting on the complaint filed before him, asked Isaac to submit an explanation in the matter at the earliest.
Congress MLA VD Satheesan had filed a complaint to the Privileges and Ethics Committee of Kerala Legislative Meeting, accusing Isaac of infringing on the rights of the House by revealing details of the process of the audit before it used to be tabled in the Meeting.
The Leader of the Opposition in Kerala Meeting, Ramesh Chennithala had also written to the Speaker asking for his intervention on the issue alleging that the Finance minister flouted all constitutional norms and violated the oath of secrecy by leaking the CAG outline before it used to be tabled in the Meeting.
Chennithala, in his letter, demanded his resignation and action against the minister for “violating” the Charter by disclosing the outline in public before tabling it in the Meeting.
Isaac had final week targeted the CAG over its “findings” in its outline that the Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB) used to be “unconstitutionally” raising loans. He had said that the Kerala government will not allow the CAG to destroy KIIFB.
The CAG had earlier this week elucidated that an audit outline on state finances for the year ended March 2019 used to be submitted on November 6 to be tabled in the Kerala Meeting.