Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister
Oommen Chandy on Wednesday said he would not appeal against the
Vigilance Court order for a probe into his alleged role in the
palmolein oil import case.
"I will not do anything that will hamper the investigation
process," Chandy told reporters after a Cabinet meeting.
Chandy, however, declined to comment on the demand of
CPI(M)-led Opposition LDF for his resignation in the wake of
the court directing the Vigilance and Anti-corruption Bureau
to probe whether he had any role in the deal pertaining to
import of palmolein in 1992 when he was Finance Minister in
the K Karunakaran Government.
He also rejected the Opposition`s allegation that the
vigilance probe would not be impartial as long as he (Chandy)
continued to be the Chief Minister.
"The Congress party and UDF do not approve of any kind of
protest against the judiciary in view of the court`s direction
for the probe," Chandy said, when asked about the protest
march by youth Congress workers in front of a court in
Chandy had yesterday relinquished charge of the Vigilance
Department and handed over the same to Revenue Minister
A Special Vigilance Court had on August 8 rejected the
report filed by investigators three months back, stating there
was no need for a further probe to add any more person to the
list of the accused in the case, which alleged that palmolein
import had caused the state a loss of Rs 2.32 crores.
Chandy, who assumed office on May 18 leading the UDF to
victory in the Assembly polls, had offered to step down from
the post of the Chief Minister in the wake of the court order,
but he was dissuaded by leaders of the Congress and UDF