CPI-M slams critics over KG Balakrishnan’s kin issue
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Last Updated: Thursday, January 06, 2011, 18:02
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 Thrissur.


First Published: Thursday, January 06, 2011, 18:02

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