Chandy asks AG to appear before cabinet

With controversy brewing over Advocate Gen`s submissions in the Kerala HC on Mullaperiyar, CM Oommen Chandy asked him to appear before the Cabinet.

Last Updated: Dec 04, 2011, 21:15 PM IST

Thiruvananthapuram: With controversy brewing
over Advocate General K P Dandapani`s submissions in the
Kerala High Court on the Mullaperiyar dam issue, Chief
Minister Oommen Chandy on Sunday asked him to appear before the
Cabinet and convince the Council of Ministers of his position.

Though Dandapani met Chandy at his home at Puthupally
near Kottayam this morning and explained that he had not made
any statements in the court weakening the state`s case, Chandy
asked him to come before the Cabinet on Wednesday.

"I have asked AG to explain to the cabinet when it meets
next Wednesday what he had actually said in the court," Chandy
told reporters after Dandapani called on him.

As the AG issue has snowballed into a political row when
a high voltage campaign is on for a new dam in place of the
116-year-old structure, the cabinet is also meeting on Monday
evening to take stock of the situation.

Industries Minister and IUML leader P K Kunhalikutty said
in Kannur that cabinet would discuss all these issues
on Monday.

Dandapani told Chandy that whatever he said in the court
was solely based on information as well as records given by
the Revenue Department and Additional Chief Secretary, sources
close to Dandapani said in Kochi.

While making statements in the court on Friday on the
safety measures being taken by the government in the event of
the dam`s collapse, Dandapani had purportedly said three
downstream dams of Idukki, Kulavamuvu and Cheruthoni could
hold the waters of Mullaperiyar.

The opposition LDF as well as several leaders from the
Congress and its ruling front allies had demanded removal of
Dandapani from the post.

PTI