Kochi: Nationalist Congress Party leader, Kuttanad MLA and former transport minister Thomas Chandy passed away today (December 20). The minister was also the state president of Nationalist Congress Party in Kerala. 

The 72-year-old leader was undergoing treatment for cancer at a private hospital in Kerala's Kochi. 

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Chandy, who was accused of land encroachment to build a luxury resort, had resigned from the Cabinet in 2017. His resignation came after the Kerala high court rejected his plea to quash an inquiry report which indicted him on grounds of land grabbing.

Chandy was the third minister to quit the Pinarayi Vijayan Cabinet which came to power in May 2016.