The probe had found that a lake-side resort run by Chandy in a pristine location in Alappuzha district may have potentially violated environmental laws and encroached upon government land, among other illegalities, while building an approach road and reclaiming a portion of the lake for setting up a parking lot.
Ticking the minister off, the HC on Tuesday asked how he, as a minister, could petition the court against the government.
Transport Minister Thomas Chandy said he will step down if chief minister asks him to do so.
"It's a classic case for disqualification".
A division bench of judges P N Ravindran and Devan Ramachandran rejected Chandy's writ petition in this connection and observed that the minister's move was in conflict with the collective responsibility entrusted with the Cabinet. The NCP executive meet in Kochi on Tuesday discussed the matter and chose to inform the national leadership about its decision on it.
A Bench of Justices P.N. Raveendran and Devan Ramachandran held that a Minister can not file a petition against his own government, which had ordered the Collector's probe. Pinarayi and Kodiyeri held discussions on Tuesday as call for Chandy's resignation got louder.
The state unit of NCP has sought the opinion of its national leadership, state president T.P. Peethambaran told reporters. Chandy, a businessman-turned-politician, is NCP's only minister in the Cabinet.
Vijayan had come under fire from several quarters for protecting Chandy, much against the wishes of the other allies of the Left Front government. Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala said the verdict leaves no option for Chandy but to quit. "We will implement LDF's decision", Vijayan told the media.
Following the HC verdict, the chief minister finally ended his silence on the Chandy issue, telling mediapersons Tuesday that he would take the right decision on the issue at an appropriate time. Two others had to step down soon after they were accused of misconduct.
But Mr. Saseendran would have to wait, as the P.S. Antony Commission, appointed by the Cabinet to look into the allegation of sexual misconduct against him, has still to submit its report.