UDF demands probe into charges against CM, son
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Last Updated: Friday, February 25, 2011, 15:20
Thiruvananthapuram: The Opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) in Kerala today demanded a detailed probe into the charges against Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan and his son V A Arun Kumar.

Addressing reporters here, UDF convenor P P Thankachan said the Chief Minister's son was facing charges of taking bribe to help sandal factory owners, invovlement in the Smart City deal and trying to sabotage the probe into lottery mafia operations.

Former CPI-M state committee member P Sasi had alleged in a letter to the party leadership that Achuthanandan had tried to influence the judicial commission that probed the Kalluvathukkal hooch tragedy when E K Nayanar was chief Minister to implicate him (Sasi) in the case.

K Ramkumar, senior advocate at the High Court had also alleged that the Chief Minister had 'mediators' in Delhi to deal with his cases. "All these are serious charges and have been raised by persons in responsible positions. Hence a thorough enquiry should be ordered," he said.

Describing Achuthanandan's anti-corrupt stand as 'hypocritical,' Thankachan said the UDF would submit a memorandum to Governor R S Gavai to direct the government to order an enquiry into the allegations.

He said the UDF leaders, who met here last evening, strongly protested the government's stance in the assembly yesterday by denying a chance for the Opposition to raise the allegations in the House.

The Chief Minister's speech after the Speaker announced the decision to adjourn the session was against rules and precedents. Speaker had been asked to remove the speech from assembly records, he said.

Thankachan said the seat-sharing talks with partners for the coming assembly elections would be held from March 8 to 12 at a stretch. A nine-member committee chaired by Congress leader M M Hassan had been authorised to formulate the Front's election manifesto.

To a question, Thankachan said the recent clash between workers of youth wings of Congress and Kerala Congress-M at Thodupuzha was unfortunate. He hoped that the seat sharing exercise in the Front would be a smooth affair.


First Published: Friday, February 25, 2011, 15:20

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