R Balakrishna Pillai Passes Away – Biography, Wiki, Death, Family, Age

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Who was R Balakrishna Pillai?

R Balakrishna Pillai or Keezhoote Raman Pillai Balakrishna Pillai was an Indian politician and a former minister of the state of Kerala in India, holding portfolios such as Transport and Electricity. He was born on 8 March 1935 and passed away due to age old illness.

R Balakrishna Pillai Biography/Wiki

Balakrishna Pillai was born in 1935 in Valakom near Kottarakkara in Kollam district, as the son of Keezhoote Raman Pillai and Karthyayani Amma. His father was a wealthy Nair landlord with plenty of land in the present-day Kerala and Tamil Nadu states. He was married to Vatsala and has two daughters and a son, the latter, K. B. Ganesh Kumar, is a film actor and politician who served as a state minister during 2001–03 and 2011–13. His wife Vatsalakumari died on 3 January 2018 aged 76.

Pillai died on 3 May 2021 at a private hospital in Kottarakkara. He was admitted to the hospital a few days earlier owing to respiratory issues and was on ventilator support.

BIRTHDAY8 March, 1935 (Friday)
BIRTH PLACEKottarakkara , Kerala
AGE (in 2021)86 Years Old
HEIGHTFeet Inches- 5’ 6”
WEIGHTin Kilograms- 72 kg

R Balakrishna Pillai Latest News

Veteran politician and Kerala Congress (B) chairman R. Balakrishna Pillai, 87, died at a private hospital at Kottarakara in Kollam district early on Monday.

Doctors gave age-related ailments, mainly respiratory illness, as the cause of death. Mr. Pillai was ailing since Friday. He was placed on ventilator support and administered supplemental oxygen. The end came at 3 a.m.

R Balakrishna Pillai Career Highlights

Mr. Pillai was a raconteur known for his colourful political oratory. However, a controversial remark cost him his Cabinet post and attracted legal trouble in 1980.

He had said, presumably in the heat of the moment, that Kerala required to go the “Punjab way” to assert its federal rights.

At the time, Pakistan-backed insurgency was at its peak in Punjab. His words ignited a stormy controversy making his continuance in government untenable.

Mr. Pillai’s gift of the gab sometimes resulted in gaffe and earned him accolades and criticism in almost equal measure.

His long political career had its low points. He was disqualified under the anti-defection law. A court found him guilty of corruption in the execution of an irrigation project, and he was incarcerated briefly. Former Chief Minister V. S Achuthanandan had doggedly pursued the case against Mr. Pillai.

A consummate politician, he had the rare honour of serving as grama panchayat president and Cabinet Minister at the same time in the mid-1990s.

Mr. Pillai had dabbled in acting and writing. His autobiography traced the period of tumultuous politics he had witnessed at close hand. Critics feted the book Prisoner 5990 for its candidness and front-seat view of Kerala politics. Mr. Pillai also briefly tried his hand at acting.

His wife Valsala had died early. His children Mr. Ganesh, Usha Mohandas and Bindu Balakrishnan survive him.

Punishment by Supreme Court

The government appointed Justice K. Sukumaran to inquire into allegations related to the Idamalayar and Kallada Dam construction projects. Based on his report, R. Balakrishna Pillai and others were prosecuted by a Special Court. The Supreme Court on 10 February 2011 sentenced R. Balakrishna Pillai and two others to one-year imprisonment for allegedly abusing their position in the award of a contract for the Edamalayar hydroelectric power project.

The apex court bench of Justices P. Sathasivam and B.S. Chauhan reversed the Kerala High Court judgment which had acquitted all three. Chief Minister V. S. Achuthanandan had moved the Supreme Court, in his personal capacity, challenging the verdict of acquittal and the apex court allowed Achuthanandan’s appeal.


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