Centre prepared to order CBI probe into lottery case: Solicitor General
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Last Updated: Tuesday, April 05, 2011, 22:21
Kochi: Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium on Tuesday informed Kerala High Court that the Centre was prepared to order a CBI probe into the lottery case provided the state government supplies materials in prescribed performa.

In response, Kerala Government agreed to furnish necessary details within two weeks.

The Solicitor General, appearing on behalf of Home Minister P Chidambaram and Central Government, denied allegations regarding involvement of Chidambaram and his wife Nalini Chidambaram in the lottery case.

Subramanium said Chidambaram was a senior lawyer at one point of time. He had nothing to do with the case after he became a Minister. Senior advocates were instructed by counsels and have no relationship with clients, he said.

He said the Centre was prepared to hand over the case to CBI without insisting for the mandatory notification. Director of CBI has been apprised of the situation, he said.

The Solicitor General complemented Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan for his initiative in the matter.

A Division Bench consisting Chief Justice J Chelameswar and PR Ramachandran Menon reserved orders on the petitions.

A batch of petitions had been filed seeking CBI probe into conduct of other state lotteries in Kerala. They had alleged, among other things, that Chidambaram and his wife as lawyers had connection with the lottery case.


First Published: Tuesday, April 05, 2011, 22:21

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