Achuthanandan moves SC against Pillai`s release

Former CM VS Achuthanandan on Tuesday filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging release of Kerala Congress-B leader R Balakrishna Pillai.

Last Updated: Nov 01, 2011, 22:17 PM IST

Thiruvananthapuram: Former chief minister VS
Achuthanandan on Tuesday filed a petition in the Supreme Court
challenging release of Kerala Congress-B leader R Balakrishna
Pillai, serving a one-year sentence in a corruption case,
under remission granted by the UDF government.

Pillai was freed today nearly eight months after his
imprisonment along with 137 others on the occasion of Kerala
formation day.

It was on Achuthanandan`s appeal that the Supreme Court
had sentenced 78-year-old Pillai in the Edamalayar corruption
case, which dates to 1980s when Pillai was electricity
minister in the Congress-led UDF government.

According to Achuthanandan`s office here, the petition was
filed in the Supreme Court through his lawyer.

Achuthanandan, who is Leader of the Opposition in the
Assembly, alleged that the government had not fulfilled
constitutional responsibilities vested with it by going
against the Apex Court order.

He also brought to the Apex Court`s notice issues like
allowing Pillai to undergo treatment in a private hospital
instead of a government hospital. He also noted that Pillai
had violated prison rules by using mobile phone while in jail,
which has already been established in an enquiry.

Meanwhile, the CPI-M state secretariat said the government
order ran against the spirit of the apex court verdict.

"Pillai`s release is against the spirit of the Supreme
Court judgement. He had only spent 69 days in jail and enjoyed
75 days of parole. He was later admitted to a private hospital
where he was under treatment for the last two-and-a half
months," the statement said.

PTI