Thiruvananthapuram: Countering the charge that
the party had been keeping deliberate silence over allegations
against family members of former CJI K G Balakrishnan,the
CPI-M on Thursday said it had not budged an inch from its avowed
stand against corruption.
Reacting to critical comments made against the party by
eminent jurist V R Krishna Iyer on the issue, the CPI-M state
secretariat said this was the result of some misunderstanding
on the part of the former apex court judge.
"There is no change in the CPI-M stand that those who occupy
higher positions should be free from corruption. the party
will never hesitate to raise its voice if this principle is
found violated", a party statement said.
It, however, held that the matter concerning Balakrishnan and
his family members was now under the consideration of the
Supreme Court and it was for the court and the Centre to take
action if the allegations were found substantive.
It was also significant that the LDF Government in the state
had taken steps for conducting a vigilance inquiry into the
allegations against Balakrishnan`s son-in-law P V Sreenijan,
the CPI-M statement said.
Rejecting the charge by sections in the Congress that the
CPI-M had some vested interest in keeping silent, the party
said said it saw this only as a futile attempt to deflect
public attention from scandals and corruption charges
involving Congress leaders.
Meanwhile, state Home Minister and CPI-M Polit Bureau member
Kodieri Balakrishnan said his party had nothing to do with
K G Balakrishnan`s family members and the accusations against
the CPI-M could be seen only as false propaganda being
deliberately mounted by adversaries.
"Is it the CPI-M that made Balakrishnan the NHRC Chairman.
He was appointed by the Central Government and it was for them
to take a decision on his continuance", he said in