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VS suspects moves to upset Kerala`s interests

Last Updated: Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 15:19

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Opposition Leader
V S Achuthanandan today asked the state government to take a
serious view of the "unilateral" approach adopted by the
technical members on Supreme Court appointed empowered
committee on the Mullaperiyar issue during their inspection
tour to the dam last week.

There were reasons to suspect that "certain quarters" were
making well-thought-out moves to weaken Kerala`s case in the
long-drawn dispute with Tamil Nadu, the Marxist stalwart said
in a statement.

The former chief minister wanted Kerala Government to bring
this matter to the notice of the Empowered Panel headed by
former Chief Justice of India, A S Aanand, and the Supreme
Court itself.

He accused the Oommen Chandy Government of having failed to
react sharply to the controversial remarks made about the case
by Union Home Minister P Chidambaram recently.

Kerala officials had stayed away from the visit of the
technical members last week alleging they did not hear the
state`s views on the dam`s safety aspects.

The two technical members on the panel -- C D Thatte and
D K Mehta -- had a two day inspection tour of dams in Idukki
district including the 116-year-old Mullaperiyar reservoir
which Kerala wants to be replaced with a new one citing safety

Thatte had allegedly declined to heed the Kerala officials
views during the inspection conducted on December 23.

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy had yesterday said the
state would decide in consultation with lawyers on moving
court against the alleged "unilateral" approach of the
technical members.

Kerala`s Mullaperiyar Cell Chairman M K Parameswaran Nair
personally appeared before the cabinet on Wednesday and
briefed the recent developments.


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First Published: Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 15:19
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