UDF leaders meet Governor, raise charges against CM

Leaders of the Opposition UDF in Kerala submitted a memorandum to the Governor RS Gavai, alleging that CM VS Achuthanandan had "violated of oath of office by interfering in judicial matters."

Last Updated: Mar 01, 2011, 00:57 AM IST

Thiruvananthapuram: Leaders of the Opposition
United Democratic Front (UDF) in Kerala on Monday submitted a
memorandum to the Governor RS Gavai, alleging that Chief
Minister VS Achuthanandan had "violated of oath of office by
interfering in judicial matters."

In the memorandum, UDF leaders alleged that Achuthanandan
had written to President in 2006 recommending the name of
Justice VK Bali for appointment as Supreme Court judge, which
amounted to violation of oath.

The memorandum also mentioned the allegation against the
Chief Minister by former CPI-M state committee member P Sasi
that the former had tried to influence the judicial commission
that probed the 2000 Kalluvathukkal hooch tragedy with the
intention to implicate him (Sasi) in the case.

Such interference in judicial matters also amounted to
violation of oath, it said.

The memorandum said the government had not responded when
serious corruption charges were made by the Opposition in and
outside the assembly.

Later talking to reporters, Chandy said the Governor had
assured that he would look into the matter. The Opposition
would submit in writing to the Chief Minister on March 2 the
details of the charges made against him and his son VA Arun
Kumar and demand a comprehensive probe.

He described as `ridiculous` Achuthanandan`s statement
that an enquriy would be ordered into the allegations if the
Opposition provided proof. "There is every chance that if
proof is given, it will be destroyed", Chandy said.

Chandy said it was not for those facing charges to dictate
terms. He reiterated the charge that the state government was
not sincere on the demand for CBI probe into the illegal
operations of other-state lotteries in Kerala.

PTI

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