Thiruvananthapuram: A nine-member joint
legislature committee was today set up to probe the alleged
appointment of former chief minister V S Achuthanandan`s son
as director of an academic body with a hefty salary towards
the fag-end of the previous LDF government`s rule.
Congress MLA V D Satheesan would head the panel which
has four others from the UDF and as many from the Opposition
LDF. The committee was announced by Speaker G Karthikeyan in
the assembly today, before the budget session ended.
The allegation was that Achuthanandan had favoured his
son V A Arun Kumar by appointing him as director of a
Information and Communication Training Academy when the LDF
rule was about to end.
The issue was raised in assembly last week by P C
Vishunath (Congress), who quoted local media reports on the
matter based on information gathered by an RTI activist.
Vishnunath, also Youth Congress state president,
wanted a vigilance probe to be ordered into the allegation.
However, Achuthanandan dubbed the charge "totally
baseless" and suggested that the matter be referred to an
Arun Kumar is already facing a vigilance prone into
various charges including foreign trips he had undertaken
while serving as the managing director of Corifed.