Petition against Kerala CM dismissed



Thiruvananthapuram: A local court here on Monday dismissed a private petition seeking probe into the charge against Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan that he had sought to influence the judicial commission that probed the Kalluvathukkal hooch tragedy in 2000.

The Chief Judicial Magistrate Cheriyan Varghese dismissed the plea on the ground that a private petitioner could not seek action on an issue concerning a judicial commission.

The petitioner, Shahul Hameed, had sought investigation against Achuthanandan based on the 'revelations' made by CPI-M's former Kannur district secretary P Sasi, in a letter to the party's state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan, that was carried by the media.

Sasi, who was removed from the party post a few months back after facing certain organisational charges, had claimed in his letter that Achuthanandan had sought to influence the judicial commission that probed the hooch tragedy that calimed 31 lives.

PTI