Did not seek special treatment in jail: Pillai

Kerala Congress (B) leader R Balakrishna Pillai was recently released from jail in a corruption case.

Last Updated: Nov 11, 2011, 22:45 PM IST

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Congress (B)
leader R Balakrishna Pillai, recently released from jail in a
corruption case, on Friday said he had not sought any special
facility from the UDF government while serving his term as he
was keen not to cause any problem to the coalition of which
his party is a partner.

"I did not seek any special facility while in jail from
the UDF government headed by Oommen Chandy. I was keen that I
should not cause any problem to the government," he said
during his first press meet after his release under a
remission scheme.

On the derogatory speech by his son and Forest Minister K
B Ganesh Kumar against CPI-M leader V S Achuthanandan at a
public meeting, Pillai said he (Kumar) should not have used
such expressions in public.

"He might have been carried away by impulse and the mood
generated by the meeting," he said.

Pillai, who was sentenced to one year rigorous
imprisonment by the Supreme Court in February, said he had
spent eight months and 17 days as a prisoner. The parole
allotted to him during the term was in accordance with prison
rules, he said.

About two months ago, he underwent treatment in a private
hospital here, which sparked protests from Opposition LDF.

Achuthanandan, who pursued the case against Pillai, had
filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the
remission granted to him by the government.

PTI